Top Technology Certification Salaries

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Some techologists use diagnostic equipment to help doctors treat patient illnesses.

Technology certification opens up an array of employment opportunities for you in fields such as nuclear medicine technologist and in medical, cardiovascular or veterinary technology. Each field requires the worker to take a mandated test to be certified to work. These fields offer competitive pay and a challenging career for those that enter them.

  1. Nuclear Medicine Technologists

    • A nuclear medicine technologist is tasked with the preparation, measurement and administration of radioactive isotopes that are given to patients. When the radioactive drug is in the patient's system, the technologist monitors it using cameras to create an image of the inside of a body. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, this profession had 21,600 positions and a mean annual salary of $69,050 in 2010. The 90th percentile earned at or above $91,970 a year, while those in the 10th percentile earned at or below $49,130 annually.

    Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

    • Medical and laboratory technologists are required to perform laboratory tests that help to diagnose, treat and prevent illnesses. You may also be responsible for overseeing and training various staff. This field had a total of 164,430 positions in 2010 with a mean annual salary of $56,870. Those in the 90th percentile earned at or above $76,780 annually, while those in the 10th percentile earned at or below $38,810 a year in 2010.

    Cardiovascular Technologists

    • Electrocardiogram results help doctors diagnose potential heart problems.
      Electrocardiogram results help doctors diagnose potential heart problems.

      Cardiovascular technologists do testing on a patient's cardiovascular system for diagnosing potential problems. You may work with electrocardiograms or test the capacity of a person's lungs. The BLS includes vascular technologists in this group. The total job positions held in 2010 in this field totaled 48,720, with a mean yearly pay of $50,720. Those in the 90th percentile earned at or above $77,020, while those in the 10th percentile earned at or below $26,610 a year in 2010.

    Veterinary Technologists

    • Veterinarian technologists help to prepare samples from animals to diagnose illness.
      Veterinarian technologists help to prepare samples from animals to diagnose illness.

      Veterinary technologists conduct various tests that help to treat and diagnose illnesses in animals. You may also prepare vaccinations, take samples of blood and prepare samples of tissue for analysis. This field had 79,870 positions in 2010, with a mean annual compensation of $31,030. Those in the 90th percentile earned at or above $44,030, while those in the 10th percentile earned at or below $20,500 a year in 2010.

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