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About Career as a Medical Technologist

Medical technologists are one of many exciting and rewarding medical laboratory careers. According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), medical technologists perform a variety of tasks including everything from simple pre-marital blood tests, to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and cancer.

Although medical technologists do not often interact directly with patients, the work completed by medical technologists directly impacts patients’ lives. Physicians rely on the information provided by medical technologists to determine the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.

“Also known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS), medical technologists operate complex electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments.” This equipment, such as high-powered microscopes, and cell counters, is often worth millions of dollars. Therefore, the medical technologist must be savvy with technology as well as in science.

Career Prospects of Career as a Medical Technologist

Medical technologists can work in a variety of settings, including labs in hospitals, clinics, public health institutions, universities, or commercial independent laboratories.Medical technologists are in extremely high demand, according to the ASCP. While there is a shortage in all medical laboratory careers, medical technologists have the highest vacancy rate of all lab careers, at 10.4%.

Skills & Education Required for Career as a Medical Technologist

A medical technologist career requires at least a bachelor’s degree, preferably in a scientific field. Additionally, the completion of an accredited medical technologist program is also required. The program must be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Science (NAA-CLS).

To prepare for a career in medical technology, you can start in high school, by studying hard to excel in key subjects such as biology, chemistry, math, and computer sciences, according to the ASCP.You can major in a related subject to obtain a bachelor’s degree in an applicable science such as biology, microbiology or biochemistry. After completion of your undergraduate degree, the clinical and technical training in a medical technology program will further prepare you for a successful lab career as a medical technologist.

If you are seeking a similar career that does not require a bachelor’s degree, you may want to consider a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT).

 

Comments/ Reviews on Career as a Medical Technologist

  • I'm pursuing my final year in biomedical engineering, am interested to know course of medical technologist. Am i eligible to undergo this course??? Posted By : priya, on 08-03-2012 15:01:28 Report Abuse

  • i have completed my bachelors in pharmacy with distinction and i wanted to know that if i am eligible for the program. please send in me the names of institutes that offer the medical technologist course and the fee structure. is there any possiblity of getting a government job after doing the course. Posted By : haseeb, on 20-09-2011 08:16:58 Report Abuse

  • I AM INTRESTED IN YOUR TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIEST,I HAVE A DEGREE IN HUMAN ANATOMY AND INTEND TO FUTHER IN MEDICAL RESEARCH. I WILL NEED YOU TO SEND ME YOUR BROCHURE BEFORE MAKING ANY STEP. THANK YOU. Posted By : THOMPSON ANYAEGBUNAM, on 24-08-2011 21:09:46 Report Abuse

  • I AM INTRESTED IN YOUR TRAINING IN THE FIELD OF MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIEST,I HAVE A DEGREE IN HUMAN ANATOMY AND INTEND TO FUTHER IN MEDICAL RESEARCH. I WILL NEED YOU TO SEND ME YOUR BROCHURE BEFORE MAKING ANY STEP. THANK YOU. Posted By : THOMPSON ANYAEGBUNAM, on 24-08-2011 21:09:23 Report Abuse

  • My name is arpita i have comleted 12 standard science i want know about boilogy ,i intrested in boilogy ,but financely not good to go mbbs, pl give other related economicaly and good carrer. Posted By : parswanath, on 22-07-2011 08:06:40 Report Abuse

  • what is the career option after bsc cls Posted By : ashwini khanvilkar , on 16-06-2011 12:04:41 Report Abuse

  • Completed HS with PCB 65% marks, looking for a suitable college for getting admission in order to become Medical Technologist. Appreciate if you reply me with possible colleges and their admission criteria. Posted By : Sukanto, on 12-06-2011 22:30:10 Report Abuse

  • sir plz give me detailed info about microbiology after 10+2 exam Posted By : shruti shete, on 08-06-2011 20:16:03 Report Abuse

  • from which basis the admission for microbiology takes place?is it pcb or pcmb? Posted By : shruti, on 08-06-2011 20:14:28 Report Abuse

  • sir i am studying in 12th science steam ...so i want to make career as GENETIC Engineer....so please give me detail information about this career opportunity...as soon as possible... Posted By : rushikesh gurav, on 25-05-2011 19:50:28 Report Abuse

  • i completed my graduation in mlt and i want to do MSc MLT in distance please guide me. Posted By : venkatesh, on 03-08-2010 22:03:24 Report Abuse

  • i passed ma M.Sc(microbiology) now want to do ASCP mt how can i do ??can i do it from india ? am i elligible for taking ASCP MT ?Please giude me Posted By : nazerasayed, on 17-06-2010 01:56:54 Report Abuse

  • My name is Sandip Ghosh Ihave completed Msc in mlt in Clinical Microbiology and currently working as a lecturer, i wil be thankfull if you help me in finding jobs suitable to my standards. Posted By : sandip ghosh, on 01-06-2010 04:58:25 Report Abuse

  • My name is Sandip Ghosh Ihave completed Msc in mlt in Clinical Microbiology and currently working as a lecturer, i wil be thankfull if you help me in finding jobs suitable to my standards. Posted By : sandip ghosh, on 01-06-2010 04:57:52 Report Abuse

  • i have done BCA liked to take up MT as my career. Posted By : harsha kumar, on 29-03-2010 14:12:47 Report Abuse

  • i am a bsc mlt graduate. i wish to take m sc mlt . now i am working. so please inform any distant education scheme for taking the msc mlt while working. Posted By : jesma, on 09-09-2009 02:22:31 Report Abuse

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