Biomedical Equipment Technicians


Overview

Biomedical Equipment Technicians

Introduction

Biomedical equipment technicians, also known as medical equipment repairers, handle the complex medical equipment and instruments found in hospitals, clinics, and research facilities. This equipment is used for medical therapy and diagnosis and includes heart-lung machines, artificial kidney machines, patient monitors, chemical analyzers, and other electrical, electronic, mechanical, or pneumatic devices.

Technicians' main duties are to inspect, maintain, repair, and install this equipment. They disassemble equipment...

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Median Salary

$49,210

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Associate's Degree


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Experience

Internships


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Skills

Math


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Personality Traits

Hands On

Earnings

Salaries for biomedical equipment technicians vary in different institutions and localities and according to the experience, training, certification, and type of work done by the technician. According to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), the median annual salary for medical equipment repairers was $49,210 in May 2018. The top 10 percent in this profession made $81,970 or more a year, while th...

Work Environment

Working conditions for biomedical equipment technicians vary according to employer and type of work done. Hospital employees generally work a 40-hour week; their schedules sometimes include night and weekend shifts and holidays, and some technicians may be on call for emergencies. Technicians who are employed by equipment manufacturers may have to travel extensively to install or service equipm...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for biomedical equipment technicians will grow about as fast as the average for all careers through 2028. Factors behind this growth include more demand for health care services (especially among those age 65 and older) and the increasing use of electronic medical devices and other sophisticated biomedical equipment.

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