Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Industry Spotlight: Medical Device

A recent article on spotlighting Orion alumnus Brian Schulz and his position in the Medical Device industry draws attention to an expanding industry that appears to be weathering a down economy well. In the article, From S-3 Vikings to Medical Devices, Schulz discusses how his roles as a Naval Lieutenant and flight officer relate to his current role as a Spine Consultant with Medtronic Spine and Biologics. Schulz is just one of many veterans who are finding success in the Medical Device industry.

According to Hoovers, the United States medical device industry includes about 11,000 companies with combined annual revenue of about $85 billion. Top companies in this field include Siemens Healthcare, BD Medical, Baxter International, Medtronic, and Boston Scientific. A September 2011 Medical Device Stock Outlook on recently discussed the growth opportunities that will keep this industry growing at a vigorous rate. Factors include an aging Baby Boomer population, high unmet medical needs, and increased incidence of lifestyle diseases. With growth factors and figures like those, hiring managers are finding veterans to be an outstanding talent pool from which to recruit.

“We walk into our first squadron, platoon or ship when we’re 22 or 23 years old and we immediately get leadership experience,” Schulz tells of how his military skills relate to his civilian career, “Most people don't get the opportunity to manage until they're in their late twenties or early thirties. We get management and leadership experience at a very early age, and we get to utilize that over our full term of service.” That experience has served Schulz well as he has now been with Medtronic for four years and is responsible for his own territory in Montana. Schulz adds that his understanding of communication up and down the chain of command has helped tremendously with his career. “In the military, we’re very aware of keeping our leadership informed and keeping those who we are responsible for informed of what’s going on, and it’s been very beneficial in my current role,” explains Schulz.

Orion International has found medical device careers for Officers, Senior Enlisted, and Non-Commissioned Officers in positions including Sales, Engineering, Production Management. One such placement is Michael Moore. Moore was a Firecontrolman First Class in the Navy who states, “I found that the professional and electronics training I received during my time in the service helped me immensely. I would not have gotten my job with Toshiba American Medical Systems as a Field Service Engineer had it not been for that training.”

Brian Davis, an Army Captain, has settled into this industry as a Manufacturing / Production Manager for BD Medical. “Of all the positions I held while in the military,” says Davis, “I will apply my skills I acquired while serving as an Assistant Operations Officer to my new position as a Manufacturing/Production Manager for BD Medical. As an Ops Officer, I learned how to lead teams that would routinely go above and beyond expectations. I learned how to motivate team members to accomplish the mission and learned that as a Leader it was my responsible to ensure the morale remained high throughout the project.”

Schulz’s success, coupled with that of the many other veterans throughout an expanding industry, reveals how big of an asset veterans are to their medical device employers. Hire a Hero, Hire a Vet encourages hiring managers to look to veterans for their expanding hiring needs.

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