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What a Medical Technologist does:
A Medical Technologist sometimes referred to as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist or a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, performs tests in relation to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
Medical Technologists find job openings in large hospitals, physician’s offices, ambulatory clinics, educational services, and independent laboratories. Medical Technologists are often on call in the event of an emergency, and work day, evening or night shifts.
The main duties of a Clinical Laboratory Technologist include:
- Matching of blood types
- Analyzing body fluids and cells
- Detection of abnormal cells
- Detection of bacteria and other microorganisms
- Operating microscopes and other medical laboratory equipment
- Testing a patient's response to treatment
- Reporting test results to the physician
Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries for Medical Technologists range from $40,000 to $70,000 depending on educational qualifications, experience, the position held and the location. The job prospects in the Medical Technologist / Clinical Laboratory Technician field are excellent, mainly due to technological advances in the treatment and prevention of disease.
Qualifications & Education:
Medical Technologists (MT) are more qualified than Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT) and are required to have a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences to practice.
The following boards provide additional certification to Medical Technologists / Clinical Laboratory Technologists:
- American Medical Technologists
- Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology
- Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts
- National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel
Find an Allied Health Career School:
Use the Further Your Career zip code search box to find schools and colleges in your area that offer alliedhealth / medical technology programs.
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