Occupation Profile for Medical Equipment Preparers

Prepare, sterilize, install, or clean laboratory or healthcare equipment. May perform routine laboratory tasks and operate or inspect equipment.


$25,950.00 Median Annual Wage 1,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
4.0 Average Unemployment Percentage 30.6 Percentage That Completed High School
45,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 58.9 Percentage That Had Some College
52,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 10.4 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Bandage Maker
Case Cart Technician
Central Processing and Distribution Technician (CPD Technician)
Central Processing Technician (CPT)
Central Service Technician (CST)
Central Service Worker
Central Sterile Services Technician
Central Sterile Supply Coordinator
Central Sterile Supply Technician (CSS Technician)
Central Supply Processing Department Technician (CSPDT)
Certified Central Supply Technician
Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST)
Cleaner, Laboratory Equipment
Clinical Laboratory Aide
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
Equipment Technician
Health Equipment Servicer
Hot Packer
Inhalation Therapy Aide
Laboratory Worker, Washing or Cleaning Laboratory Apparatus
Material Reprocessing Associate (MRA)
Medical Supply Technician
Oxygen Equipment Aide
Pathology Laboratory Aide
Registered Nurse
Respiratory Therapy Aide
Reuse Technician
Sanitarian Aide
Sanitary Aide
Sterile Preparation Technician
Sterile Processing and Distribution Technician (SPD Technician)
Sterile Processing Technician
Sterile Technician
Sterilization Specialist
Sterilization Technician
Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
Surgical Technologist

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Sources: Career Guide to Industries (CGI), Occupational Information Network (O*Net), Occupation Outlook Handbook (OOH)
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • 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.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
  • Core — Report defective equipment to appropriate supervisors or staff.
  • Core — Check sterile supplies to ensure that they are not outdated.
  • Core — Maintain records of inventory and equipment usage.
  • Core — Attend hospital in-service programs related to areas of work specialization.
  • Core — Organize and assemble routine and specialty surgical instrument trays and other sterilized supplies, filling special requests as needed.
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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