Patient Care Technician

Patient Care Technicians assist patients with tasks they are unable to do for themselves. As a Patient Care Technician, you are part of a team that provides health care services and is responsible for a patient’s care, well-being and recovery. Patient care technicians have hands-on patient-focused responsibilities such as:
  • Taking and interpreting vital signs
  • Collecting specimens
  • Performing catheterization
  • Assistant patients with eating, personal hygiene and grooming
  • Take notes and make assessments on their care.
  • Assist in basic medical procedures
  • They may also help patients walk, perform range of motion exercises
  • Ensuring patient comfort
* According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job openings for patient care technicians are projected to grow 21% during the 2012-2022 decade, which is faster than the national average. These professionals earned median hourly wages of $11.97 or annual salaries of $24,890 as of May 2013, per the BLS.