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What Is a Biomedical Technician?

Dec 04, 2008

Biomedical technicians are a vital part of the growing field of health care.  Biomedical technicians are responsible for the maintenance and repair of much of the equipment that is used in the hospital and medical office.  All that is needed to start this kind of job is a high school diploma and some training on the job.  In order to advance more quickly, however, biomedical technicians usually obtain at least an associate's degree from a technical school in this field.  A bachelor's degree is usually necessary to advance further or to work as a manager in this field. 

The biomedical technician in a hospital is frequently very busy; all the equipment needs to be serviced regularly and checked often to be sure that it is working precisely right.  The biomedical technician is also sometimes responsible for making sure members of the health care team are using the equipment properly. 

There is a lot of opportunity for advancement in this field because as technology in medicine changes, it will be necessary to have people well trained to fix the new machines. 

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