Endoscopy technicians work at hospitals and clinics that have gastroenterology and endoscopy units. They work in the offices of gastroenterologists who have endoscopic procedure facilities. Nursing homes and long-term care facilities may also employ endoscopy technicians.
Endoscopy technicians often get their start by participating in college clinical training opportunities at hospitals, clinics, and other facilities that employ endoscopy technicians. Those who prove they can handle the work may receive job offers upon graduation. They receive help in the job search from their school's career services office. They also find jobs by contacting hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices directly. Professional associations and employment Web sites also post job listings for endoscopy technicians.
Endoscopy technicians with five or more years of experience in assisting with endoscopy procedures may advance to become senior technicians. Senior-level positions entail supervising and mentoring less experienced technicians while still being responsible for the day-to-day tasks of cleaning and maintaining endoscope equipment and instruments, managing patients, and handling administrative work. Technicians also enhance their careers by going back to school for an advanced degree and getting certification in specialized areas. Teaching and writing about the profession are other ways to advance.
Tips for Entry
Gain practical work experience and make valuable connections through an internship or part-time job in a gastroenterologist's office or in the endoscopy unit of a hospital or clinic.
Keep up with developments in endoscopy by reading Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News, http://www.gastroendonews.com.
Interview an endoscopy technician to find out what they do in their job, how they got started, and what recommendations they may have for you. Ask your school's career services office for help with finding a technician who is interested in speaking about his or her work.