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Orderlies

Also called: Patient Care Assistant (PCA), Patient Care Technician (PCT), Patient Transporter, Transporter

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force or Navy.

What they do:
Transport patients to areas such as operating rooms or x-ray rooms using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds. May maintain stocks of supplies or clean and transport equipment.
On the job, you would:
  • Lift or assist others to lift patients to move them on or off beds, examination tables, surgical tables, or stretchers.
  • Transport patients to treatment units, testing units, operating rooms, or other areas using wheelchairs, stretchers, or moveable beds.
  • Disinfect or sterilize equipment or supplies, using germicides or sterilizing equipment.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • talking to others
Social
  • looking for ways to help people
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Physical Strength
  • use your lower back and stomach
  • lift, push, pull, or carry
Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Endurance
  • exercise for a long time without getting out of breath

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Dependability
  • Social Orientation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
Operating system software
  • Microsoft Windows

Education

Education: (rated 2 of 5)
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$25,580
per year, on average
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