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Health technologists and technicians are involved in the diagnosis and treatment of patient's medical problems. The field has a variety of specialties and each specialty has specific training levels. Health technologists and technicians often work in collaboration with other health care providers. Health technicians, in some fields, focus primarily on administering medical therapy to patient's.

Health Technologist Schools, Certification and Licensing

The educational requirements vary for health technologist occupations. Some entry level assistant positions may require only a high school diploma, while most positions require certification or an associate degree or a bachelor's degree. Most health care workers need some type of licensure or certification related to their specialty. In specializations that do not require certifications, employers typically prefer certified health technicians. Health technologists that are employed in medical labs typically need to complete an appropriate two-year program.

Most cardiovascular technologists have completed a two-year program. Four year educational programs in the subject are becoming increasingly available. Some states require licensure for cardiovascular technologists. Certification is provided by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers and the Cardiovascular Credentialing International.

Training for diagnostic medical sonographers is provided by hospitals and one-year certificate programs and associate and bachelor's degree programs. Currently, no state requires licensure. Sonographers that are registered by ARDMS are registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographers.

The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists lists a small number of O&P technician associate degree programs that have received accreditation from the National Commission on Orthotic & Prosthetic Education.

Training programs for surgical technologists last from 9 months to two years. Certificates, diplomas and associate degree programs are available. Most employers seek candidates that are certified technologists. Voluntary certification is provided by the Liaison Council on Certification for the Certification for the Surgical Technologist. Candidates for certification need to graduate from a program accredited by the CAAHEP and pass a national certification examination.

Radiologic technologists and technicians education programs are provided by certificate and associate and bachelor's degree programs. The curriculums range in length from one to four years. Two-year associate degree programs are most common. The majority of the states require licensure for practicing radiologic technologists.

Training is provided for Nuclear medicine technologists in one-year certificate programs and associate and bachelor's degree programs. The certificate programs are usually only available to health professionals that have earned an associate degree in diagnostic medical sonography or radiologic technology. Education and licensure requirements vary by state. More than half of the states require certification or licensing.

Job Characteristics

The work hours vary by the specialty. Good communication and interpersonal skills are important for many health technologist and technician positions. Being detailed oriented is important for these occupations.

Some of the specialties for health technologists and technicians are:

  • Diagnostic medical sonographers utilize specialized equipment in order to create images of structures inside the human body. These images are used by doctors to make a medical diagnosis. Diagnostic medical sonographers perform diagnostic procedures, analyze technical information and provide a summary of their technical findings to doctors.
  • Medical appliance technicians construct, fit, repair and maintain artificial limbs, braces, arch supports, joints and other types of medical and surgical appliances. Some medical appliance technicians are involved with medical appliances that are utilized to correct other medical problems such as hearing aids.
  • Cardiovascular technologists and technicians perform cardiovascular procedures under the supervision of a doctor. They perform tasks such as monitoring heart rates, explaining testing procedures and results to patients and reviewing patient files.
  • Surgical technologists are members of operating room teams and work under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses and other surgical personnel. They also help prepare the operating room for surgeries. Surgical technologists may also help transport patients to recovery rooms and clean and restock the operating room.
  • Radiologic technologists and technicians, also known as radiographers, take x-rays and administer nonradioactive materials into their patent's bloodstream for diagnostic testing.
  • Nuclear medicine technologists administer radiopharmacueticals to their patients by injection, by mouth, inhalation or other techniques in order to measure the functions and characteristics of the organs and tissues in which the radiopharmaceuticals concentrate. They also sample serum or blood in order to determine the concentrations of drugs or hormones in the bloodstream.

Resources for Health Technologists and Technicians

Major Health Care Employers

The major employers for health technologists and technicians are hospitals and medical clinics.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Health Technologists and Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Health Technologists and Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 310 $46,580
Birmingham 310 $46,580
Tuscaloosa 70 $29,170
Dothan 40 $30,760
Montgomery 40 $31,490
Mobile 40 $34,700
Oxford 40 $51,310
Anniston 40 $51,310
Jacksonville 40 $51,310
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mesa 2380 $38,540
Scottsdale 2380 $38,540
Phoenix 2380 $38,540
Tucson 460 $36,020
Yuma 120 $30,800
Flagstaff N/A $37,480
Lake Havasu City N/A $52,450
Kingman N/A $52,450
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 280 $49,430
North Little Rock 280 $49,430
Little Rock 280 $49,430
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 4520 $44,750
Anaheim 4520 $44,750
Long Beach 4520 $44,750
San Bernardino 1630 $39,340
Riverside 1630 $39,340
Ontario 1630 $39,340
Oakland 1420 $58,270
Hayward 1420 $58,270
San Francisco 1420 $58,270
Carlsbad 1120 $45,000
San Diego 1120 $45,000
Roseville 800 $56,440
Arcade 800 $56,440
Arden 800 $56,440
Sacramento 800 $56,440
Sunnyvale 590 $57,030
San Jose 590 $57,030
Santa Clara 590 $57,030
Fresno 470 $53,060
Bakersfield 310 $37,800
Vallejo 280 $43,730
Fairfield 280 $43,730
Modesto 210 $43,330
Stockton 200 $41,730
Lodi 200 $41,730
Porterville 130 $38,130
Visalia 130 $38,130
Ventura 130 $40,930
Thousand Oaks 130 $40,930
Oxnard 130 $40,930
Merced 110 $36,930
Santa Rosa 110 $53,880
Salinas 90 $53,610
Napa 80 $43,100
Paso Robles 70 $42,810
Arroyo Grande 70 $42,810
San Luis Obispo 70 $42,810
Redding 70 $43,920
Santa Barbara 70 $56,490
Santa Maria 70 $56,490
Hanford 60 $54,610
Corcoran 60 $54,610
Chico N/A $53,010
Watsonville N/A $58,670
Santa Cruz N/A $58,670
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Denver 1780 $40,590
Aurora 1780 $40,590
Lakewood 1780 $40,590
Colorado Springs 370 $36,380
Boulder 210 $33,750
Greeley 100 N/A
Grand Junction 50 N/A
Fort Collins N/A $42,050
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 300 $51,500
East Hartford 300 $51,500
West Hartford 300 $51,500
Stamford 190 $38,890
Bridgeport 190 $38,890
Norwalk 190 $38,890
New Haven 140 $52,670
     
Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dover 40 $47,660
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 2090 $35,100
Miami 2090 $35,100
Fort Lauderdale 2090 $35,100
Clearwater 1300 $34,930
Tampa 1300 $34,930
St. Petersburg 1300 $34,930
Jacksonville 1080 $39,730
Sanford 1070 $32,200
Kissimmee 1070 $32,200
Orlando 1070 $32,200
North Port 390 $33,660
Bradenton 390 $33,660
Sarasota 390 $33,660
Lakeland 340 $33,620
Winter Haven 340 $33,620
Daytona Beach 310 $29,870
Deltona 310 $29,870
Ormond Beach 310 $29,870
Cape Coral 300 $36,900
Fort Myers 300 $36,900
Titusville 230 $31,680
Palm Bay 230 $31,680
Melbourne 230 $31,680
Gainesville 200 $37,180
Brent 150 $33,560
Ferry Pass 150 $33,560
Pensacola 150 $33,560
Tallahassee 110 $29,860
Ocala 110 $49,430
Panama City 100 $30,670
Port St. Lucie 100 $35,160
Punta Gorda 80 $29,720
Vero Beach 80 $30,110
Sebastian 80 $30,110
Homosassa Springs 70 $32,880
Fort Walton Beach 70 $40,860
Crestview 70 $40,860
Destin 70 $40,860
The Villages 60 $23,640
Naples 60 $47,460
Immokalee 60 $47,460
Marco Island 60 $47,460
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1950 $38,640
Atlanta 1950 $38,640
Sandy Springs 1950 $38,640
Savannah 130 $28,810
Athens 110 $33,830
Clarke County 110 $33,830
Valdosta 50 $30,830
Brunswick 40 $39,200
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 380 $48,080
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Idaho Falls 180 $37,260
Boise City 130 $44,880
Coeur d'Alene N/A $35,640
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 160 $60,280
Champaign 120 $37,020
Urbana 120 $37,020
Springfield 110 $41,640
Marion 90 $37,420
Carbondale 90 $37,420
Rockford 80 $37,210
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 600 $57,240
Indianapolis 600 $57,240
Anderson 600 $57,240
Fort Wayne 150 $39,020
Bloomington 80 $36,470
Goshen 70 $30,700
Elkhart 70 $30,700
Muncie 60 $29,120
Kokomo 50 $40,230
Terre Haute 30 $38,950
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 170 $40,640
Des Moines 170 $40,640
Iowa City 110 $47,480
Cedar Rapids 60 $37,840
Dubuque 50 $32,770
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Topeka 60 $37,390
Wichita N/A $39,250
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 350 $45,290
Lexington 350 $45,290
Fort Knox N/A $33,660
Elizabethtown N/A $33,660
Bowling Green N/A $41,040
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 870 $28,660
New Orleans 870 $28,660
Baton Rouge 430 $30,290
Bossier City 200 $29,660
Shreveport 200 $29,660
Alexandria 120 $37,140
Lake Charles 70 $28,010
Lafayette 70 $35,880
Monroe N/A $24,450
Houma N/A $30,060
Thibodaux N/A $30,060
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 250 $42,030
South Portland 250 $42,030
Bangor 120 $56,900
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1630 $40,140
Columbia 1630 $40,140
Baltimore 1630 $40,140
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 120 $55,290
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 1440 $34,970
Detroit 1440 $34,970
Warren 1440 $34,970
Ann Arbor 460 $43,530
Grand Rapids 430 $38,110
Wyoming 430 $38,110
Kalamazoo 80 $49,870
Portage 80 $49,870
Saginaw 60 $33,640
Flint 60 $37,640
Lansing N/A $38,030
East Lansing N/A $38,030
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 130 $56,540
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 120 $34,260
Pascagoula 50 $49,660
Biloxi 50 $49,660
Gulfport 50 $49,660
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 410 $34,080
Columbia 60 $50,100
Joplin 40 $39,480
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 70 $29,840
Billings 70 $36,960
Great Falls 40 $30,830
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 1110 $44,440
Henderson 1110 $44,440
Las Vegas 1110 $44,440
Reno 130 $44,820
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 260 $56,500
Atlantic City 110 $47,390
Hammonton 110 $47,390
Ocean City 60 $46,290
Bridgeton N/A $54,710
Vineland N/A $54,710
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Las Cruces 70 $32,020
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 380 $37,550
Troy 320 $39,080
Schenectady 320 $39,080
Albany 320 $39,080
Niagara Falls 260 $48,720
Cheektowaga 260 $48,720
Buffalo 260 $48,720
Syracuse 160 $46,850
Fort Drum 40 $32,330
Watertown 40 $32,330
Binghamton N/A $48,480
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 1090 $40,480
Chapel Hill 1090 $40,480
Raleigh 570 $34,270
Greensboro 460 $33,380
High Point 460 $33,380
Salem 380 $31,190
Winston 380 $31,190
Fayetteville 250 $36,290
Asheville 230 $38,660
Morganton 220 $34,590
Lenoir 220 $34,590
Hickory 220 $34,590
Wilmington 170 $36,640
Greenville 150 $45,450
Rocky Mount 90 $26,390
New Bern 50 $30,250
Burlington 50 $35,640
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 810 $41,290
Elyria 810 $41,290
Columbus 770 $41,050
Dayton 360 $44,310
Akron 270 $37,740
Toledo 270 $42,160
Massillon 110 $38,300
Canton 110 $38,300
Mansfield 50 $30,590
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 590 $38,770
Tulsa 220 $51,020
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 120 $47,840
Eugene 110 $48,970
Redmond 60 $40,230
Bend 60 $40,230
Medford 60 $43,660
Albany N/A $29,090
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 670 $37,490
Reading 120 $49,360
Hazleton 110 $41,320
Barre 110 $41,320
Wilkes 110 $41,320
Scranton 110 $41,320
York 40 $38,040
Hanover 40 $38,040
State College N/A $35,820
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 310 $28,870
Carolina 310 $28,870
San Juan 310 $28,870
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 250 $35,950
Florence 70 $34,390
Mauldin N/A $65,370
Anderson N/A $65,370
Greenville N/A $65,370
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 50 $53,380
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 200 $56,370
Franklin 200 $56,370
Davidson 200 $56,370
Nashville 200 $56,370
Knoxville 100 $53,860
Johnson City 40 $45,300
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Arlington 1860 $37,200
Dallas 1860 $37,200
Fort Worth 1860 $37,200
Houston 1380 $46,190
Sugar Land 1380 $46,190
The Woodlands 1380 $46,190
San Antonio 850 $37,280
New Braunfels 850 $37,280
El Paso 320 $31,500
Round Rock 250 $31,140
Austin 250 $31,140
Killeen 180 $48,200
Temple 180 $48,200
Corpus Christi 140 $31,890
Longview 120 $29,440
Lubbock 120 $38,690
Tyler 90 $30,960
Brownsville 70 N/A
Harlingen 70 N/A
Abilene 70 $35,790
Port Arthur 60 $31,790
Beaumont 60 $31,790
College Station 30 $34,640
Bryan 30 $34,640
Waco 30 $35,250
Victoria N/A $26,270
McAllen N/A $29,990
Edinburg N/A $29,990
Mission N/A $29,990
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 290 $35,850
Provo 80 $34,540
Orem 80 $34,540
Ogden 80 $42,860
Clearfield 80 $42,860
St. George 60 $30,370
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 30 $47,270
Burlington 30 $47,270
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 320 $47,320
Charlottesville 210 $40,880
Radford 70 $52,690
Blacksburg 70 $52,690
Christiansburg 70 $52,690
Lynchburg 40 $39,520
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1690 $46,890
Tacoma 1690 $46,890
Seattle 1690 $46,890
Spokane 280 $47,720
Spokane Valley 280 $47,720
Wenatchee 150 $35,480
Richland 90 $41,220
Kennewick 90 $41,220
Olympia 70 N/A
Tumwater 70 N/A
Yakima 60 $46,420
Mount Vernon 30 $47,900
Anacortes 30 $47,900
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 80 $33,630
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1340 $57,510
West Allis 1340 $57,510
Milwaukee 1340 $57,510
Madison 300 $49,670
Eau Claire 90 $39,650
Wausau 70 $55,870
Oshkosh 60 $56,380
Neenah 60 $56,380
Fond du Lac 30 $37,740
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 40 $36,230

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Health Technologists and Technicians

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 36,130 48% $38,440
Medical Office 26,810 36% $35,320
Government 3,910 5% $47,910
Education 2,400 3% $37,100
Drug Stores 1,260 1% $42,410
Professional And Technical Services 900 1% $43,290
Office Services And Staffing 820 1% $38,580
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