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7 FAQs about Becoming a Multi-Skill Health Technician

Find out what it means to train and work in this flexible profession

Have you considered becoming a multi-skill health technician? Prospective students are often curious about the different roles and responsibilities this job has, including the career options that are open to someone who undergoes this training.

To help you determine if this position would be a good fit for you, we’ve provided answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we hear at the Harris School of Business. We hope you find this information useful.

1. What do multi-skill health technicians do?

Under the guidance of a licensed doctor or nurse, multi-skill health technicians are responsible for a range of basic and advanced patient care roles. Specific skills may involve:

  • preparing a patient for an appointment
  • taking vital signs
  • phlebotomy (taking blood)
  • other laboratory service.

2. Where do multi-skill health technicians work?

These professionals work in a variety of settings, including hospitals, diagnostic laboratories, community care clinics, medical labs, long-term care and acute residential care facilities, and in-home health care settings.

3. What are the job titles a multi-skill health technician can have?

Your job title will depend on where you work. Here are some of the most common job titles:

  • phlebotomist
  • electrocardiogram (EKG) technician
  • nurse’s aide
  • physician’s aide
  • professional medical assistant
  • patient care technician

4. What hours do most multi-skill health technicians work?

These roles are generally full-time. Again, your exact hours will depend on the individual facility or office. In many cases, you may work shifts that require longer days, but have free days between your shifts. In places that offer patient care around the clock, weekend, evening, and holiday hours are common.

5. How much do multi-skill health technicians earn?

Where you work, your amount of experience, and your skill level will determine your rate of pay. The geographic location and place of work also affect salaries. Visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics for more information about how to estimate your potential earnings.

6. What is the job outlook for multi-skill health technicians?

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of medical assistants [such as a multi-skill health technician] is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.”

7. Is multi-skill health technician a good job for me?

In this role you’ll be working with other healthcare professionals to provide basic and vital patient care. It’s important to work well on a team. Ask yourself:

  • Do I like working with patients?
  • Can I follow directions well?
  • Do I pay close attention to detail?
  • Can I be calm and understanding with patients who may be filled with fear (such as over a simple procedure to draw blood)?
  • Do I have good fine motor skills, such as would be needed to handle small needles?
  • Can I keep a clean and tidy work area?

As you can see, this role has a lot of responsibilities. It also offers opportunities to build strong relationships with patients.

There is a lot to think about when you are considering what can be a fast-paced and exciting job. At the Harris School of Business, you can get the hands-on training and clinical experience you need to start work as a multi-skill health technician. We encourage you to contact us to see how we can help you take the first step towards this rewarding field.

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This post is part of the weekly blog of the Harris School of Business. We’re dedicated to supporting all our students pursue the career goals they’ve set for themselves. Reach out to us for more information about our number of different career training programs.