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10 High Paying Careers For Introverts

2. Medical Equipment Repairer

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$46,340 AVG. SALARY
4.4% UNEMPLOYMENT RATE


Medical repair technicians, also known as biomedical equipment technicians (BMET) install, maintain, and repair patient care equipment. They may work on defibrillators, ventilators, anesthesia machines, and other life-supporting equipment. They also may work on medical imaging equipment such as x ray machines, CAT scanners, and ultrasound equipment, voice-controlled operating tables, and electric wheelchairs. Medical equipment repairers usually work during the day, but are sometimes expected to be on call, including evenings and weekends. Due to the urgent nature of repairing vital medical equipment, the work is sometimes stressful. Those who work in a patient-caring environment are potentially exposed to diseases and other health risks.

Tasks performed by Medical Equipment Repairers include:

  • Install medical equipment
  • Test and calibrate parts and equipment
  • Repair and replace parts
  • Perform preventive maintenance and service
  • Keep records of maintenance and repairs
  • Review technical manuals and regularly attend training sessions
  • Explain and demonstrate how to operate medical equipment
  • Manage replacement of medical equipment

Medical instrument technician certification

To become a certified biomedical equipment technician, applicants need an associate degree in biomedical equipment technology or engineering. A bachelor’s degree may be required for some specializations and is essential for advancement. Repairers must learn how to use and troubleshoot each component of medical equipment, often through technical training provided by medical device manufacturers. With the fast advancement of technology, additional education will be required as new technologies are introduced. The U.S. bureau of Labor Statistics estimates job growth in the medical equipment repair field at 31 percent between 2010 and 2020, much faster than the overall average of 14 percent for all jobs.

Top medical repair technician schools 

  • Miami Dade College
  • Riverside Community College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • American River College
  • Broward College

Top-paying States for this occupation:

Alaska – Avg. salary $65,970
Hawaii – Avg. salary $58,290
New York – Avg. salary $57,690
New Jersey – Avg. salary $57,670
Minnesota – Avg. salary $57,130

 

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