Endoscopy Technicians
SOC: 31-9099.02

Description:

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


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
102,700 employed

Projected (2024):
114,700 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Endoscopic Technician
  • Endoscopy Technician
  • Gastroenterology Technician
  • Gastrointestinal Technician (GI Technician)


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media


  • Tasks:

  • Clean, disinfect, or calibrate scopes or other endoscopic instruments according to manufacturer recommendations and facility standards.
  • Maintain inventories of endoscopic equipment and supplies.
  • Perform safety checks to verify proper equipment functioning.
  • Prepare suites or rooms according to endoscopic procedure requirements.
  • Maintain or repair endoscopic equipment.
  • Position or transport patients in accordance with instructions from medical personnel.
  • Assist physicians or registered nurses in the conduct of endoscopic procedures.
  • Attend in-service training to validate or refresh basic professional skills.
  • Collect specimens from patients using standard medical procedures.
  • Conduct in-service training sessions to disseminate information regarding equipment or instruments.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in endoscopy.
  • 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.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Automated endoscope washers
  • Blood drawing syringes
  • Bronchoscopes
  • Cardiac monitoring equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital patient thermometers
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Endoscopic electrocautery equipment
  • Endoscopic image printers
  • Endoscopic image recording systems
  • Endoscopic inflation equipment
  • Endoscopic procedure sets
  • Endoscopic snares
  • Endoscopic suction pumps
  • Endoscopic water bottles
  • Enema equipment
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Flexible endoscopes
  • Flexible sigmoidoscopes
  • Intravenous IV administration equipment
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Medical safety gloves
  • Medical safety masks
  • Medical scales
  • Multi-line telephone systems
  • Patient transport stretchers
  • Patient transport wheelchairs
  • Personal computers
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Safety goggles
  • Scope reprocessing equipment
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Steam autoclaves
  • Email software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • Scheduling software


  • healthcare support


    industry stats

    SOC: 31-0000

    Total Employed: 3,989,910

    Average Annual Salary: $29,520