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Job Outlook

In India there are around 2000 practicing perfusionists as of 2017, and they are unlikely to be out of work anytime soon. But right now around 1400 students are getting trained every year in various Institutes across our country.

Employment Characteristics

Perfusionists are usually employed in hospitals. They typically work during the week and are frequently on call for emergency procedures on weekends and nights. They also may work in shifts, depending on the number of perfusionists employed by the institution.

Job Satisfaction

Being able to work independently contributes to high levels of job satisfaction among clinical Perfusionists.

Qualification required for Perfusionist position

1. B.Sc. degree in Clinical Perfusion from recognized university OR

2. Post graduate diploma in clinical perfusion OR

3. M.Sc. degree in Clinical Perfusion

Job search strategy

Stay focused, keep positive. Consider things beyond salary like good working environment, better experience/exposure, which is very important as a beginner perfusionist.

Goals in Perfusion career

Find peers and mentors who can advise you on career goals and strategies.

Plan short term and long term goals for the position, the responsibilities that you hope to assume, and salary aspirations.

First 2 to 3 years plan to achieve an outstanding record of job performance.Make sure there will not be any reportable perfusion accidents or incidents, good perfusion outcomes as evidenced by patient morbidity. Work towards achieving a positive attitude among the colleagues you work with.

Plan to achieve a high level of confidence on the part of fellow perfusionists and in perfusion skills and ancillary duties and evidence this by their constructive criticism and evaluation.

Find a unique role in the Perfusion Department that will contribute to improving the quality of perfusion services, patient outcome, cost reduction, research, quality control, improved efficiency.

Achieving a high level of competence and reliability, with the absolute confidence of the surgeons and anesthesiologists.

After years of experience canbecome the Chief of Perfusion somewhere In order to achieve this learnnew skills, participate in educational activities, study business skills, etc.

As the job market is tough should have rightqualifications, training, attitude and skills the employer require such that he should hire you over somebody else.

Current Job Market in India

The current job market in India is highly saturated. Unlike American or European schools, Perfusion schools in India are not based on the job requirements of our market. These schools are either run by educational institutes for their tuition fees or Hospitals running these programs for cheap labour. Presently in India there are almost 1400 students getting trained per year where as the requirement for fresher perfusionist is only 150-200 per year. If you take a period of 5 years there will be almost 6000 perfusion students without jobs. Majority of new graduates who do not find employment within two years of graduation will switch their profession as perfusion is usually called a dead end profession.

The huge availability of fresher's has led to pay cuts and decline in salary growth of perfusionists over a period. Many organizations prefer 2 to 5 years of experienced perfusionists over 10 to 15 years because of the financial cost of employment, so the growth in long run looks bleak. The attrition rate for experienced perfusionists may be high if the current scenario continues.