Clinical Applications Specialists

Specialist Teaches Doctors New Diagnostic Machine

Clinical applications specialists train health care professionals to use new health care equipment and software. Such technology includes electro-medical equipment [e.g., patient-monitoring systems, MRI machines, diagnostic imaging equipment (including informatics equipment), and ultrasonic scanning devices], irradiation apparatuses (e.g., X-ray devices and other diagnostic imaging, as well as computed tomography equipment), practice management software, health information management software, software as a medical device (i.e., software that is used for one or more medical purposes that perform these purposes without being part of a hardware medical device), wireless medical devices, and telemedicine technology. Clinical applications specialists (CASs) are employed by health care facilities and companies that sell medical software and equipment.     

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Clinical Applications Analysts
Duties Train medical professionals to use new health care equipment and software
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Computer Science
  • Health
  • Speech
Experience One to three years of experience
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
Skills
  • Computer
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements Background investigation and drug screening for some jobs
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Support Manager
  • Clinical Applications Specialist
  • Biomedical Technologist or Equipment Repair Technician, or Nurse
  • Clinical Applications Assistant