Endoscopy technicians require little formal education, and are often trained on the job with entry level positions. They assist medical teams using endoscopes to diagnose or treat patients with gastrointestinal problems. Endoscopy techs may interact with patients, and help physicians and nurses that specialize in gastrointestinal medicine by preparing the room and equipment, and assisting during endoscopy procedures.
Endoscopy technicians are part of the medical team that uses endoscopes to diagnose or treat gastrointestinal problems. They interact with patients, prepare the room and the equipment, provide support to physicians and nurses while the procedure is underway, handle specimens collected, and sterilize equipment. Little formal education is required to become an endoscopy technician, and the job outlook should be excellent.
|Required Education||High school diploma or GED and on-the-job training; certificates and associate's degrees in medical assisting and surgical technology are available|
|Other Requirements||Basic Life Support certification through the American Heart Association (AHA) may be required by employers|
|Projected Job Growth (2014-2024)||23% for all medical assistants*|
|Median Salary (2016)||$15 an hour, or $34,690 for endoscopy technicians**|
Sources: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, **PayScale.com
Endoscopy Technician Job Description
An endoscopy technician is a medical assistant who helps endoscopy nurses and physicians in the gastroenterology (GI) specialty. They deal with patients who have stomach or intestine problems, or those who are undergoing treatment for serious illnesses like colorectal cancer. They usually work in hospitals, but they can find positions at smaller clinics or physician offices.
Salary and Career Outlook Information
According to PayScale.com, the salary range for most endoscopy technicians was $24,857 - $43,312 per year as of 2016. In addition, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job outlook for all medical assistants should be good, as employment is projected to grow 23% from 2014-2024.
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According to the Mayo Clinic, endoscopy technicians prepare the room in which the procedure takes place and clean up and sterilize everything afterwards. Job postings found on Monster.com also list initial patient intake and transport, paperwork, and recordkeeping of physician observations as part of the job. They may also help care for the patient and be responsible for collecting patient biopsies and specimens and keeping the field sterile.
Education and Job Requirements
Little formal education is required to become an endoscopy technician. Most employers look for candidates who have a high school diploma or equivalent, with training offered on the job in entry-level positions. Postsecondary training, such as an associate's degree in surgical technology, is available. The BLS reports that medical assisting programs are offered in vocational, community, and junior colleges around the country. They can last one to two years and offer either a certificate or an associate's degree.
According to the job postings, many employers require endoscopy technicians to have Basic Life Support (BLS) training to recognize life-threatening conditions and provide CPR and other techniques. The certificate is offered through the American Heart Association (AHA) and can be earned either by completing two online courses through the AHA or by completing an in-person course offered at hospitals or community colleges.
Endoscopy technicians work within a medical team to help with procedures involving endoscopes, usually used to diagnose or treat patients with gastrointestinal problems. Endoscopy techs may be responsible for preparing the room and equipment, assisting during procedures, paperwork, and keeping records. On-the-job training is often sufficient, but certificate and associate's degree programs in medical assisting offer preparation as well.