What do biomedical equipment technicians do?

If you are looking for a meaningful career that offers lifetime of opportunities, consider a career as a biomedical equipment technician (BMET) – an important and respected member of the healthcare team

BMETs are responsible for servicing and maintaining medical technology for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, manufacturers, and third-party service organizations around the world

Skilled technicians help acquire, install, use, maintain and train healthcare personnel on cutting-edge medical technology. They support medical staff in the use of the technology. BMETs also coordinate vendor contracts and play a key role in investigating device-related problems

U.S News & World Report Ranks Biomedical Equipment Technology a Top Career

What skills do I need?
  • Technical and problem-solving abilities
  • Mechanical aptitude and good hand-eye coordination
  • An interest in new technology, electro-mechanics, information technology, networking, and improving the future of healthcare delivery
  • Attention to detail, communication skills, and the ability to work as a team
What education and training do I need?

Many BMETs enter the profession with a two or three-year associate’s degree in Biomedical Equipment Technology, Electronics, or an engineering-related field. In many countries, four-year degree programs are also available. Some technicians with electronics education may train on the job.

I’m in high school. Why should I consider this career?

Definitely! Employers high value the maturity and experience that mid-life career changes offer. This field provides stability, job satisfaction, and opportunity for additional training and advancement that can expand your career options.

Does this profession welcome mid-life career changers?

This profession truly can be your career opportunity for a lifetime. A three-year degree will qualify you for meaningful, satisfying entry-level jobs that offer good starting salaries. On-the-job training with few years of work experience and advanced degrees in IT, or Management will allow you to move up the career ladder. Long-term job outlooks are very strong.

What are the benefits?
  • Salary and bonus benefits – these vary significantly based on duties, education, geography, skills, and qualifications. Salaries range from several hundred dollars for an entry-level BMET to a thousand dollar for a department director or manager.
  • Advanced opportunities – with training and education, there are significant opportunities for advancement as a supervisor, specialist, clinical engineer or information technologist.
  • Job satisfaction – BMETs find it professionally and personally rewarding to improve patient care and safety, and apply latest new medical technologies that save lives.
  • In-demand skills – BMETs are in demand throughout Cambodia and around the world, in large metropolitan areas, and in small towns – wherever healthcare technology is needed.
What’s the long-term outlook?

The number of jobs in Cambodia will increase significantly with the rapid expansion of Healthcare Facilities throughout the country. The demand for BMETs will keeping growing now that this profession has been recognized and accredited by Cambodian Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education.