Medical Laboratory Technologist

As the title of their career suggests medical laboratory technologists spend a considerable amount of time in a laboratory setting. They work in a laboratory to conduct tests and analyze test results on various types of bodily fluids tissue samples and other specimens. Medical laboratory technologists have many responsibilities including analyzing tissue cultures to check for bacteria evaluating the chemical reactions in samples matching blood types for transfusions determining the chemical content of samples preparing samples for examination by physicians pathologists or others checking for abnormal cells and analyzing the results of several types of tests. They are also responsible for ensuring that the equipment in their laboratory is in top working order is calibrated and is sterilized. Because medical laboratory technologists handle potentially hazardous samples they are required to wear protective gear such as gloves eye goggles and masks. Typically medical laboratory technologists have more job responsibilities than medical laboratory technicians and they also usually have a higher level of formal education. According to www.citytowninfo.com medical laboratory technologists must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to medical technology life sciences chemistry or biology. Upon graduation many technologists complete clinical rotations where hands-on training is obtained. The website www.onetonline.org states that in order for medical laboratory technicians to be licensed they must pass an exam. However specific licensure varies by state and specific laboratory specialty. Payscale.com reports that the average yearly salary for a medical laboratory technologist ranges from $41911 to $56508.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $49209.5
High Salary: $56508
Low Salary: $41911
Tasks: Provides accurate laboratory results.
Utilizes microscopes and other laboratory equipment.
Analyzes laboratory test results.
Checks for abnormal cells in body fluids.
Also Called: Lab Technologist
Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Medical Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.citytowninfo.com/employment/medical-lab-technologists
http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/29-2011.00
http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Medical_%2f_Clinical_Laboratory_Technologist/Hourly_Rate