Lesser-known medical jobs can be rewarding

Lesser-known medical jobs can be rewarding

March 11th, 2012 in Jobs

Have you looked at career possibilities in health care lately? The health care industry offers a wide array of career choices, as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many positions in the medical arena involve operating room procedures or patient care. Others require totally different skill sets, such as positions in pharmaceuticals or hospital administration.

One unique and rewarding career option involves biomedical equipment technology.

These professionals work behind the scenes to install, inspect, maintain and repair medical equipment. From the large CT scanners and patient monitors to electric wheelchairs, every medical device must work properly.

A career in biomedical equipment technology is about computers and circuit boards, hardware and specialized software, soldering irons and electronic tools. It is also about training doctors and nurses on the use of equipment.

The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) reports an average national salary of $43,000 for this profession.

Part computer technician, part electrician, part medical worker, the field comprises a blend of medicine with science and technology.

A two-year degree program can open the door to the field of biomedical equipment technology. The curriculum is technology-based, with ample medical coursework. On-the-job proficiency involves knowledge of anatomy and physiology, as well as medical terminology.

Career opportunities in the field are varied. Some biomedical equipment technicians work at hospitals. Others work for manufacturers, who send technicians out to care for equipment housed at medical facilities.