Biomedical Equipment TechnologyEmployment
The job outlook for BMETs is excellent. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment is expected to grow by 31 percent between 2010 and 2020. The aging of U.S. population will largely drive this growth. It will increase the demand for medical care in coming decades. BMETs are rarely laid off or outsourced and enjoy excellent job security.
Top workplaces for BMETs include hospitals and medical equipment suppliers. Demand is greatest for BMETs with Associate’s degrees in biomedical engineering or biomedical equipment technology. Technicians also improve their employment opportunities by relocating to shortage areas (particularly rural areas).
According to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for BMETs in May 2010 was $44,500. The highest 10 percent earned more than $70,260 per year.
Potential Job Titles
- Biomedical Electronics Technician
- Biomedical Engineering Technician
- Biomedical Equipment Specialist
- Electromedical Equipment Repairer
- Medical Equipment Repairer
- Field Service Technician
- Average Wage: $26.33/hour
- Top Earners: $34.65/hour
- * Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics: Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area