In a typical work setting, medical appliance technicians:
- Have a medium level of social contact. They often work with patients, but work alone when constructing devices.
- Communicate daily by telephone and in person. They occasionally write letters and memos.
- Sometimes work as part of a team.
- Are somewhat responsible for the work done by others, especially assistants.
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- Are somewhat responsible for the health and safety of patients.
- May occasionally be placed in conflict situations in which others may become rude or angry.
Physical Work Conditions
- Often work indoors.
- Are regularly exposed to contaminants.
- Often wear protective attire, such as masks or safety goggles.
- Are regularly exposed to loud sounds and distracting noise levels, such as when using power tools.
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- May be exposed to patients' diseases and infections.
- Are sometimes exposed to hazardous equipment or hazardous situations that produce cuts or minor burns.
- May work physically close to patients and other medical personnel, sometimes within a few feet.
- Must be very exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Fitting errors could injure patients.
- Often make decisions that affect others. They sometimes act independently, but frequently seek advice from superiors.
- Set some of their daily tasks and goals independently.
- Work in a moderately stressful environment in which daily deadlines must be met.
- Usually work a regular 40-hour week.