Citing an increasing demand for healthcare services, Money Magazine lists the biomedical equipment technician (BMET) career among an elite group it is calling ‘The Five Best Jobs You’ve Never Heard Of,’ in an online article the magazine published this week.
The article, written by Daniel Bortz, identifies the BMET occupation, dubbed medical equipment repairer, and four others as “still under-the-radar careers—all of which are growing at a rate far greater than the 11% national average.” Bortz notes that BMET job growth through 2022 is projected at 30%.
The article is just the latest accolade for the profession, which has previously been selected as a top job by U.S. News & World Report and other national publications.
BMETs are among a group of highly skilled specialists—known as healthcare technology management (HTM) professionals—who use their expertise to ensure the safety, efficacy, and availability of life-saving healthcare technologies. HTM professionals—including BMETs—work with clinicians and other healthcare personnel to ensure the highest standards and best practices in medical device safety, security, interoperability, and functionality. More information on the HTM field is available at www.IamHTM.org.
The Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), a nonprofit that supports the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology, welcomes the recognition.
“Working as closely as we do with BMETs and other HTM professionals, we are intimately aware of the critical contributions they make to patient care, patient safety, and the overall healthcare system,” says AAMI President Mary Logan. “But having validation of the field from such a prominent publication as Money Magazine is very gratifying.”
The Money article directs readers to AAMI’s website (www.aami.org) for more information.
A longtime supporter and promoter of the field, AAMI has recently developed or updated various HTM resources, including its Core Competencies for the Biomedical Equipment Technician (a guide for BMET curriculum development for academic institutions); career guidance such as the new Career Planning Handbook and Leadership Development Guide; an HTM program-planning tool called the HTM Levels Guide; and the I am HTM campaign, designed to raise awareness of the field.
Additionally, AAMI sponsors an annual celebration called “Healthcare Technology Management Week” each May. This year, the celebration will be held May 17–23.
The other four growing but still “under-the-radar” jobs noted in the Money article are nuclear medicine technologist, digital risk officer, health-and-wellness educator, and industrial-organizational psychologist.
AAMI (www.aami.org) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1967. It is a diverse community of nearly 7,000 healthcare technology professionals united by one important mission—supporting the healthcare community in the development, management, and use of safe and effective healthcare technology.