Immunohematology Technologist

An immunohematology technologist is usually employed by a blood bank a hospital a research laboratory or another type of blood donation clinic with an overall job responsibility of testing and preparing blood donations for transfusions or for other medical uses. According to www.iscid.org immunohematology technologists are responsible for testing donated blood for several types of blood borne diseases as well as determining and labeling blood with a specific blood type along with its rH factor. The job of an immunohematology technologist requires an ability to pay extreme attention to detail because of the risks involved with allowing tainted blood to be transfused into unsuspecting recipients which could be a potentially fatal mistake. Immunohematology technologists spend significant amounts of time in a laboratory conducting tests on blood samples examining test results and writing reports based on what is found. In order to be successful in this profession it’s important to have a true interest in biology thrive on the study of blood and a desire to learn about the human immune system. Additionally a high comfort level with laboratory equipment and conducting research on blood is essential. In order to become an immunohematology technologist the minimum formal education required is a two-year degree from a vocational school or community college with a focus in medical laboratory sciences. However many immunohematology technologists earn a four-year bachelor’s degree with a major in a subject area related to biology immunology or hematology. According to www.salaryexpert.com the typical average yearly salary for an immunohematology technologist is between $61545 and $81206.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $71375.5
High Salary: $81206
Low Salary: $61545
Tasks: Prepares donated blood.
Selects appropriate and compatible blood for transfusions.
Tests donated blood for blood borne diseases.
Consults with blood banks and the community.
Also Called: Hematologist
Immunohematologist
Laboratory Technologist
Blood Bank Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.iscid.org/encyclopedia/Immunohematology
http://www.careerplanner.com/DOT-Job-Descriptions/IMMUNOHEMATOLOGIST.cfm
http://www.salaryexpert.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=Browse.Immunohematology-Technologist-Medical-salary-data-details&PositionId=23414