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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Equipment Technicians in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and biggest city is Des Moines.

There are currently 470 working medical equipment technicians in Iowa; this should grow by 11% to 520 working medical equipment technicians in the state by 2016. This is not quite as good as the national trend for medical equipment technicians, which sees this job pool growing by about 12.8% over the next eight years. In general, medical equipment technicians prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment.

A person working as a medical equipment technician can expect to earn about $14 per hour or $29,660 per year on average in Iowa and about $13 hourly or $28,410 yearly on average in the U.S. as a whole. Earnings for medical equipment technicians are better than earnings in the general category of Medical and Dental Assistance in Iowa and not quite as good as general Medical and Dental Assistance category earnings nationally. People working as medical equipment technicians can fill a number of jobs, such as: sterilizer, central sterile services technician, and clinical laboratory scientist .

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. About 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Salisbury House Foundation, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Hubbell Historical Center.

CITIES WITH Medical Equipment Technician OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Medical Equipment Technician

Medical Equipment Technician video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, medical equipment technicians prepare, sterilize, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. They also may perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.

Every day, medical equipment technicians are expected to be able to evaluate problems as they arise. They need to listen to and understand others in meetings. It is also important that they see details at a very fine level of focus.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Dental Assistant. Assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
  • Medical Assistant. Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.