24×7 recently published its annual Compensation Survey, which surveys members of the biomedical/clinical engineering communities about information concerning their compensation, job satisfaction, and responsibilities, among other topics. An astonishing 91% of respondents reported being happy with their jobs, and altruism remains one of the primary reasons for this enjoyment.

“Taking a philosophical viewpoint, one clinical/biomedical engineer from the South Atlantic region spoke for many respondents when she explained why her job satisfaction remains high: ‘[There are] still enough positives in helping mankind in a time of need.’ ”

I had a chance to speak with members of the Gateway Biomedical Society, a local biomed association serving the Missouri and Illinois regions. Frank Bodenschatz, CBET, imaging tech III at SSM St Clare Health Center, Fenton, Mo, had an interesting comment on a biomed’s approach to his role in the health care setting.

“I’ve always worked on a piece of equipment thinking that my family or friend might actually be on it or be involved with what might come to be with it,” Bodenschatz says. “A lot of times, my family comes to the hospital that I work at. My friends are the same way. That’s one thing that I think most biomeds that I’ve met feel.”

Does this sense of contribution to the health care system and altruism drive your enjoyment or pursuit in clinical engineering? Bodenschatz cites family and friends utilizing his facility. Do you find this scenario in your job? If so, does it similarly push you to consistently perform at your highest level?