Ninety percent of the examinations conducted by paramedical examiners are used to evaluate the risk of individuals seeking insurance coverage, according to staffing agency PlebTek. Paramedical examiners perform numerous tests, including blood, urine, saliva and electrocardiograms. They also interview applicants on their medical histories and take vital statistics such as height, weight and blood pressure. If you want to become a paramedical examiner, you need to earn a one-year certification in phlebotomy. In return, you can expect to earn a salary averaging more than $30,000 annually.
Salary and Qualifications
The average annual salary for a paramedical examiner was $35,000 as of 2013, according to the job site Indeed. To become a paramedical examiner, you must complete electrocardiogram, or EKG, and phlebotomy training and earn certification through the National Phlebotomy Association, Association of Phlebotomy Technicians or American Society for Clinical Pathology. This will take you about one year to complete, according to Medlinklab.org. Employers may also prefer that you have one or more years of experience as a Paramedical Examiner. Other essential requirements are attention to detail, compassion, physical stamina, dependability, flexibility and technical and communication skills.
In 2013, average salaries for paramedical examiners varied the most within the West region, according to Indeed, where they earned the lowest salaries of $23,000 in Hawaii and highest of $38,000 in California. Those in the South made $30,000 to $42,000 per year in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., respectively. If you worked as a paramedical examiner in Maine or New York, you'd earn $30,000 or $42,000, respectively, which were the lowest and highest earnings in the Northeast. In the Midwest, you'd make the most in Illinois and least in Nebraska and South Dakota -- $38,000 and $26,000, respectively.
Paramedical examiners have flexible schedules and can work as many hours as they want. Most are independent contractors and can earn $20 to $50 per assignment, according to PlebTek. If you are self-employed, your income depends on your availability and the number of cases you work, so you'll need to apprise staffing agencies, labs or insurance companies of your availability. Listing your name with more staffing agencies, labs and insurance companies may also help you get more assignments. If you are employed by a lab or physician's office, your income may be contingent on the size of your employer. Larger companies often pay more than smaller ones because they have greater financial resources.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics doesn't forecast jobs for paramedical examiners. It projects a 15 percent increase in employment for medical laboratory technicians through 2020, which is about average. Population increases among seniors should increase jobs for all lab workers, including paramedical examiners, as the elderly will need more examinations for life insurance to establish their eligibility, terms and rates. You'll also have opportunities to work with employers as a paramedical examiner, which often test job applicants before hiring them.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Do
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook: How to Become a Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians: Job Outlook
- Medlinklab.org: Paramedical Examiner
- PlebTek: Paramedical Examiner Jobs
- Indeed: Paramedical Examiner Salary
- Indeed: Paramedical Examiner Salary in Maine, and New York
- Indeed: Paramedical Examiner Salary in Hawaii, and California
- Indeed: Paramedical Examiner Salary in Louisiana, and Washington, DC
- Indeed: Paramedical Examiner Salary in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Illinois
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Employment Statistics: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
- AllAlliedHealthSchools: Phlebotomist Certification
- Indeed: Physicians ExamOne: Phlebotomist/Paramedical Examiner
- Paramed: Certification Information Site
- TermLifeAmerica: Paramedical Exam For Term Life Insurance
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