Patient care technicians across the United States earned between $9.76 to $16.58 hourly, as of 2015. These figures do not include overtime incomes, bonuses or earnings gained through profit sharing.
Patient care techs work with doctors, nurses and other health care professionals. They most often work in hospitals under the direct supervision of other medical staff, and perform tasks such as monitoring patients, obtaining specimens for testing and reporting patient statuses.
Patient care technicians are often required to have computer proficiency and the ability to use certain medical equipment. Effective communication skills are essential in order to interact with medical staff and patients. Technicians should also possess patience and compassion in order to help patients feel comfortable and to assist them with any special needs.
Certified nursing assistant or paramedic program graduates are qualified to work as patient care techs. Current nursing school students may also work as technicians, provided they have completed any required number of clinical study and practice hours. Some positions require that technicians have previous professional experience, while others do not. Patient care technicians must also hold current CPR certifications. Common career paths for these technicians often lead to jobs as licensed practical or registered nurses or as advanced registered nurse practitioners.