2012 Philippine Standard Occupational Classification (PSOC)

PSOC Unit Groups under Minor Group 321


Medical Imaging and Therapeutic Equipment Technicians

Medical imaging and therapeutic equipment technicians test and operate radiographic, ultrasound and other medical imaging equipment to produce images of body structures for the diagnosis and treatment of injury, disease and other impairments. They may administer radiation treatments to patients under the supervision of a radiologist or other health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) operating or overseeing operation of radiologic, ultrasound and magnetic imaging equipment to produce images of the body for diagnostic purposes;
b) explaining procedures, observing and positioning patients, and using protection devices to ensure safety and comfort during examination, scan, or treatment;
c) position imaging or treatment equipment, monitoring video displays, and adjusting settings and controls according to technical specifications;
d) reviewing and evaluating developed x-rays, video tape, or computer generated information to determine if images are satisfactory for diagnostic purposes and recording results of procedures;
e) monitoring patients' conditions and reactions, reporting abnormal signs to a medical practitioner;
f) measuring and recording radiation dosage or radiopharmaceuticals received and used for patients, following prescription issued by a medical practitioner;
g) administering, detecting and mapping radiopharmaceuticals or radiation in patients' bodies, using radioisotope, camera or other equipment for diagnosing and treating diseases; and
h) recording and disposing of radioactive materials and storing radiopharmaceuticals, following radiation safety procedures.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Acupressure technician
C T Scan technologist
Medical x-ray technician
Cobalt machine technician
Diagnostic medical radiographer
Dialysis technician
ECG Technician
Echocardiography technician
Electroencephalography technician
Electro-cardiograph technician
Laser private operator
Medical radiation technician
Medical radiation therapist
Medical scanning equipment technician
Nuclear medicine technologist
TV microscopist technician
Ultrasound machine technician
Radiology technician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Medical imaging assistant - 5329
Medical physicist - 2111
Radiation protection expert - 2263
Radiologist - 2212


Medical and Pathology Laboratory Technicians

Medical and pathology laboratory technicians perform clinical tests on specimens of bodily fluids and tissues in order to obtain information about the health of a patient or cause of death.

Their tasks include:

a) conducting chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components;
b) operating, calibrating and maintaining equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analyzers;
c) entering data from analysis of laboratory tests and clinical results into records-keeping systems and reporting results to medical practitioners and other health professionals;
d) analyzing samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction;
e) setting up, cleaning, and maintaining laboratory equipment;
f) analyzing laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results;
g) establishing and monitoring programs to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results and developing, standardizing, evaluating, and modifying procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens;
h) obtaining specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying micro-organisms for analysis;
i) examining cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities; and
j) inoculating fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Biological technician
Biomedical technician
Blood-bank technician
Cytology technician
Medical laboratory technician
Pathology technician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Forensic science technician - 3119
Pathologist - 2212
Phlebotomist - 5329
Veterinary technician - 3240


Pharmaceutical Technicians and Assistants

Pharmaceutical technicians and assistants perform a variety of tasks associated with dispensing medicinal products under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional.

Their tasks include:

a) preparing medications and other pharmaceutical compounds under the guidance of a pharmacist or other health professional;
b) dispensing medicines and drugs to clients and giving written and oral instructions on their use, as prescribed by medical doctors, veterinarians or other health professionals;
c) receiving prescriptions or refill requests from health professionals and verifying that information is complete and accurate according to medical records keeping standards;
d) maintaining proper storage and security conditions for drugs;
e) filling and labelling containers with prescribed medications;
f) assisting clients by answering questions, locating items or referring them to a pharmacist for medication information;
g) pricing and filing prescriptions that have been filled and establish and maintaining patient records, including lists of medications taken by individual patients;
h) ordering, labelling, and counting stock of medications, chemicals, and supplies, and entering inventory data into records-keeping systems; and
i) cleaning and preparing equipment and containers used to prepare and dispense medicines and pharmaceutical compounds.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Pharmaceutical assistant
Pharmaceutical technician

Some related occupation classified elsewhere:

Pharmacist - 2262
Pharmacology technician - 3141
Pharmacy aide - 5329


Medical and Dental Prosthetic Technicians

Medical and dental prosthetic technicians design, fit, service and repair medical and dental devices and appliances following prescriptions or instructions established by a health professional. They may service a wide range of support instruments to correct physical medical or dental problems such as neck braces, orthopaedic splints, artificial limbs, hearing aides, arch supports, dentures, and dental crowns and bridges.

Their tasks include:

a) examining, interviewing, and measuring patients in order to determine their appliance needs, and to identify factors that could affect appliance fit;
b) conferring with medical and dental practitioners in order to formulate specifications and prescriptions for devices and appliances;
c) interpreting prescriptions or specifications to determine the type of product or device to be fabricated, and the materials and tools that will be required;
d) making or receiving casts or impressions of patients' torsos, limbs, mouths or teeth for use as fabrication patterns;
e) designing and making orthotic and prosthetic devices using materials such as thermoplastic and thermosetting materials, metal alloys and leather, and hand and power tools;
f) fitting appliances and devices onto patients, testing and evaluating them, and making adjustments for proper fit, function, and comfort;
g) repairing, modifying, and maintaining medical and dental prosthetic and supportive devices, according to specifications;
h) bending, forming, and shaping fabric or material so that it conforms to prescribed contours needed to fabricate structural components;
i) fabricating full and partial dentures and constructing mouth guards, crowns, metal clasps, inlays, bridgework and other aids; and
j) instructing patients in the use and care of prosthetic or orthotic devices.

Examples of occupations classified here:

Dental technician
Orthotics technician
Prosthetic technician

A related occupation classified elsewhere:

Dental aide - 5329