BMET Demand AND Requirements Are Up

Published: 08th February 2008
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Biomedical equipment technicians or BMETs represent a growing class of people who are technically trained whose primary responsibility is the maintenance and repair of medical imaging equipment like a a CT scanner, ultrasound, x-ray MRI, and so on. The career outlook for BMETs seems to be improving as rapidly as newmedical imaging equipment} is coming out.

The need for BMETs is getting bigger. The rise is due to the growth in new medical imaging equipment and technologies that require BMET knowledge, and, by the need for revenue by organizations that have medical imaging equipment. As medical services like hospitals see that downtime on an important piece of medical imaging equipment affects revenue production, there is demand to add BMETs to hospital staff to assure that every piece of medical imaging equipment is kept in good condition so that costly service contracts are used as little as they can be. The U.S. Department of Labor and the Association for the Advancement of Medical Imaging (AAMI) suggest that the number of jobs available as a BMET in the US will increase 24% to 31% up through the year 2010.

Not that long ago, BMETs were trained on the job. However, as equipment for medical imaging knowledge has advanced, the need for quality and consistent training has too. Now, many BMETs have obtained an Associates degree in medical imaging electronics or an engineering-related field. Recently a study by the AAMI discovered that 62 percent of all BMETs journeyed on to voluntarily become certified by the International Commission on Accreditation. ICC Certification for BMETs is a formal recognition by the International Certification Commission for Clinical Engineering and Biomedical Technology (ICC) that candidates have demonstrated achievement in theoretical as well as practical understanding of the principles of biomedical technology.

The BMET job description keeps evolving and, as it does, the requirements dealing with education have begun to increase also. The BMET job has begun to follow the trail of lots of other careers both within and outside of the medical field where increasingly more schooling is needed to get a job and/or excel within a job field.

BMETs say that those who employ them are starting to make one have bachelor's degrees for advancement to a higher rank or in a few cases just to be a BMET within some institutions. While this requirement might constrain the job options for some current BMETs, the great news is that strengthened educational requirements bring the chance for higher income. Studies have determinedshown|found out} that entrance salaries for BMETs are from $20,000-$30,000. However, higher jobs can command salaries as good as $80,000. The future appears bright for career growth in this area.

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Author Jesse Fisher likes writing articles for his customers including Transamerican Medical, a business that resells Philips Medical equipment and parts. See also the Medical Imaging News site. (Article may be republished online IF all links are kept intact.)

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