Certified Clinical Hemodialysis Technician Job Market
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Since hemodialysis patients can’t rely on their kidneys to filter their blood, they rely on hemodialysis machines. As a hemodialysis tech, the care you provide will help these patients live life to the fullest. Your daily duties include the following responsibilities:
- Preparing the hemodialysis machine
- Monitoring patients during treatment
- Responding to emergency situations
- Talking patients through the dialysis process
- Ensuring equipment is sterile
- Educating patients on healthy behaviors
Certified hemodialysis technicians often work in hospitals and clinics, but some provide in-home care for patients. You’ll need to be skilled at comforting and communicating with patients in various states of uncertainty, fear, or stress. You’ll also need to work smoothly with other medical staff and be diligent about maintaining a clean environment and sterile equipment—and it should go without saying that you’ll need to be calm and collected in the presence of blood. Work hours vary based on the facility and its needs, and the dress code will most likely call for scrubs.
The salary for this role varies based on facility, location, and experience, but the average annual income is $42,000 per year.* Employment generally includes health benefits and paid time off.
Well-trained and certified hemodialysis technicians are highly valued in hospital and clinical settings, and with job openings expected to increase 17% in the next 10 years, you’ll be in good shape to get hired quickly.* Career advancement opportunities, including leadership roles and other medical care positions, are ample—especially for those proactive about professional development.