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Medical Technologist

Career data updated last on 9/9/2014
Medical Technologist Medical technologists (MTs) or clinical laboratory scientists, perform laboratory tests necessary for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. MTs work in five major areas of the laboratory: Blood banking, Chemistry, Hematology, Immunology and Microbiology. Medical technologists oversee many laboratory operations and supervise medical laboratory technicians and other personnel. They often work with pathologists, other physicians and scientists, using computers, chemicals, microscopes and other instruments to examine and perform tests on body fluids and tissues.
Salary $28.45 hourly- $59, 170
Significant Points Average employment growth is expected as the volume of laboratory tests increases with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
Specializations
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Bacteriology
  • Immunohematology
  • Urinalysis
  • Cell marker technology
  • Bioengineering
  • Cancer research
  • Drug testing
  • Therapeutic drug monitoring
  • Biogenetics
Work Environment Most medical technologists work in hospital laboratories. Others are employed by private physicians, public health laboratories, medical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories and the military. In industry, medical technologists are needed for positions in product development, marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance, among others. Hours vary according to the size and type of employment setting. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening or night shift and may work weekends and holidays. Laboratory personnel in small facilities may work on rotating shifts, rather than on a regular shift. In some facilities, laboratory personnel are on call several nights a week or on weekends, in case of an emergency.
High School Prep General college preparation is recommended: three courses in math including algebra I, algebra II and geometry, or a higher level math course for which algebra II is a prerequisite; three science courses including biology and chemistry, one physical science and one lab course; one computer science course; four English units and two social studies units, including one in U.S. History.
Academic Requirements Medical technologists must complete two or four years of college in applied science or medical technology or a major in one of the biological or chemical sciences. They must also complete at least one year of approved laboratory experience. To be sure that laboratory workers are competent and able to perform high quality laboratory tests, students must pass an exam given by one of three agencies: The Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology MT(ASCP), American Medical Technologists Medical Techologist(MT) or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.

Schools/Organizations

Arapahoe Community College
Certificate Degree Certificate
Centura Penrose Saint Francis Health Service
Hospital based program Hospital based program
Parkview Medical Center
Hospital based program Hospital based program
The Colorado Health Foundation
Certificate Degree Certificate

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