Biomedical Equipment Technician: Job Info and Requirements

Biomedical equipment technicians use hand and computerized tools to maintain, repair and calibrate medical equipment, Find out about the training and skills required in this profession, and check the salary expectation and employment outlook to see if this field still appeals to you.

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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 wheel chairs, 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 (2015)* $46,340 (all medical equipment repairers)
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 6% growth (all medical equipment repairers)

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

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.

Skills Required

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 6% from 2014 to 2024. The median salary for medical equipment repairers was $46,340 as of May 2015, according to the BLS. The highest paid workers were employed by hospitals, and they earned an annual median salary of $53,310 in 2015.

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 2014 through 2024, the BLS projects an average job growth of 14%. Also, according to the BLS in May 2015, medical lab technologists earned an annual median salary of $60,520.

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 2014 through 2024, the BLS projects a much faster-than-average job growth of 18% for technicians. According to the BLS, in 2015, technicians took home a median salary of $38,970.

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