Endoscopy Technicians

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About the Job

Maintain a sterile field to provide support for physicians and nurses during endoscopy procedures. Prepare and maintain instruments and equipment. May obtain specimens.

It is also Called

  • Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician)
  • Gastroenterology Technician
  • Endoscopy Technician
  • Endoscopy Technican
  • Endoscopy Specialty Technician
  • Endoscopic Technician
  • Endoscope Technician
  • Chief Technician
  • Certified Flexible Endoscopy Reprocessor
  • Certified Flexible Endoscope Reprocessor (CFER)
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What They Do

  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in endoscopy.
  • Conduct in-service training sessions to disseminate information regarding equipment or instruments.
  • Maintain inventories of endoscopic equipment and supplies.
  • Position or transport patients in accordance with instructions from medical personnel.
  • Place devices, such as blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeter sensors, nasal cannulas, surgical cautery pads, and cardiac monitoring electrodes, on patients to monitor vital signs.
  • Attend in-service training to validate or refresh basic professional skills.
  • Perform safety checks to verify proper equipment functioning.
  • Maintain or repair endoscopic equipment.
  • Collect specimens from patients using standard medical procedures.
  • Assist physicians or registered nurses in the conduct of endoscopic procedures.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2017, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $41,430 with most people making between $27,100 and $53,350

Outlook

0.89%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 1,460 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 1,590 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 13 openings due to growth and about 27 replacement openings for approximately 40 total annual openings.



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