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Career Definition for a Biomedical Equipment Technician
A career in medical equipment technology involves trouble-shooting faulty equipment and replacing or repairing the necessary parts. Biomedical equipment technicians work on wheelchairs, hydraulic hospital beds, imaging equipment, ventilators and heart monitors to name just a few items. They generally work in hospitals, clinics and for the companies that develop medical equipment.
|Education||Associate's degree may be required|
|Job Skills||Communication, detail-oriented, organization, technical skill|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$49,210 (all medical equipment repairers)|
|Job Growth (2016-2026)*||4% growth (all medical equipment repairers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Formal education is not required for entering the field of biomedical equipment technology. However, many technicians have completed vocational school training programs or associate's degrees in medical technology or electronics. According to the College Board (www.collegeboard.com) the evolution of medical technology requires biomedical equipment technicians to continually update their knowledge of healthcare equipment and its repair.
Biomedical equipment technicians must be mechanically adept. They are typically detail-oriented and capable of keeping careful records of the equipment with which they work. As part of a team charged with patient welfare, medical equipment technicians must be responsible individuals concerned with the care patients receive.
Career and Economic Outlook
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that jobs for medical equipment repairers overall will grow by 4% from 2016 to 2026. The median salary for medical equipment repairers was $49,210 as of May 2018, according to the BLS. The highest paid workers were employed by pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing, and they earned an annual average salary of $68,030 in 2018.
Alternate Career Options
Check out related occupations whose duties involve gathering and analyzing information using medical and laboratory technology:
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Technologists (also known as medical laboratory scientists) normally need a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences. They perform more complicated procedures and sometimes train or supervise the technicians. From 2016 through 2026, the BLS projects faster than average job growth of 12%. Also, according to the BLS in May 2018, medical lab technologists and technicians earned an annual median salary of $52,330.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician
Medical and clinical laboratory technicians usually are required to have a postsecondary certificate or associate's degree in the field. These professionals collect samples and complete tests on human tissue and bodily fluids. From 2016 through 2026, the BLS projects a faster-than-average job growth of 14% for technicians. According to the BLS, in 2015, technicians and technologists took home a median salary of $52,330.