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Working As A Generalist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $60,520

    Average Salary

What Does A Generalist Do

Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Duties

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings
  • Study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient’s medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technicians

Both technicians and technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians and surgeons or other healthcare personnel order. However, technologists perform more complex tests and laboratory procedures than technicians do. For example, technologists may prepare specimens and perform detailed manual tests, whereas technicians perform routine tests that may be more automated. Medical laboratory technicians usually work under the general supervision of medical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers.

Technologists in small laboratories perform many types of tests; in large laboratories, they sometimes specialize. The following are examples of types of specialized medical laboratory technologists:

Blood bank technologists, or immunohematology technologists, collect blood, classify it by type, and prepare blood and its components for transfusions. 

Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimens and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids. 

Cytotechnologists prepare slides of body cells and examine these cells with a microscope for abnormalities that may signal the beginning of a cancerous growth. 

Immunology technologists examine elements of the human immune system and its response to foreign bodies. 

Microbiology technologists examine and identify bacteria and other microorganisms. 

Molecular biology technologists perform complex protein and nucleic acid tests on cell samples.

Like technologists, medical laboratory technicians may work in several areas of the laboratory or specialize in one particular area. For example, histotechnicians cut and stain tissue specimens for pathologists, who are doctors who study the cause and development of diseases at a microscopic level.

Technologists and technicians often specialize after they have worked in a particular area for a long time or have received advanced education or training in that area.

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How To Become A Generalist

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

Education

An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.

Advancement

After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Generalist Career Paths

Generalist
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Security Officer
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager Branch Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Human Resources Manager Operations Director
Chief Operating Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist Licensed Practical Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Program Manager Operations Director
Director Of Business Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Quality Assurance Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Home Health Aid Registered Nurse Supervisor
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
11 Yearsyrs
Manager General Manager Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Operations Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Program Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Coordinator Specialist Account Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Supervisor Manager General Manager
President Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Registered Nurse Case Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Generalist Recruiter Operations Manager
Purchasing Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Project Manager General Manager
Regional Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Manager Office Manager Operations Manager
Regional Operation Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Human Resources Manager Project Manager Program Manager
Senior Manager
10 Yearsyrs
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Generalist Demographics

Gender

Female

62.3%

Male

35.3%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

60.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.8%

Black or African American

10.7%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

57.8%

French

9.7%

German

4.9%

Italian

3.9%

Portuguese

3.4%

Japanese

2.9%

Russian

2.4%

Mandarin

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Arabic

1.9%

Hmong

1.5%

Chinese

1.5%

Swahili

1.0%

Hindi

1.0%

Korean

1.0%

Hungarian

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Vietnamese

0.5%

Marathi

0.5%

Khmer

0.5%
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Generalist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

21.8%

University of Cincinnati

6.7%

Strayer University

5.6%

Savannah College of Art and Design

5.6%

Full Sail University

5.4%

Kaplan University

4.8%

George Washington University

4.6%

Ashford University

4.6%

University of Central Florida

4.0%

Academy of Art University

3.8%

Walden University

3.5%

Northern Illinois University

3.5%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.5%

University of Central Oklahoma

3.5%

Pennsylvania State University

3.5%

University of Houston

3.2%

Michigan State University

3.2%

Western Michigan University

3.2%

San Francisco State University

3.0%

Art Institute of California - Inland

3.0%
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Majors

Business

22.5%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

8.1%

Human Resources Management

6.9%

Medical Technician

6.9%

Psychology

6.0%

Accounting

5.0%

Communication

4.6%

Criminal Justice

4.6%

Biology

4.0%

Management

3.9%

Computer Science

3.5%

Education

3.1%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Animation

3.0%

Marketing

2.8%

General Studies

2.6%

Nursing

2.6%

Graphic Design

2.6%

Finance

2.2%

Social Work

2.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.2%

Other

21.9%

Masters

17.2%

Associate

11.3%

Certificate

4.2%

Diploma

1.5%

Doctorate

1.3%

License

0.4%
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Real Generalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Internal Medicine Generalist Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians, Inc. Columbus, OH Dec 16, 2009 $154,000
Generalist (Quant) S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. New York, NY Feb 28, 2011 $135,000
Business Development Evaluation Generalist Pfizer Inc. New York, NY Jun 01, 2014 $122,845 -
$163,500
SAP Sd/Le Generalist Carefusion Resources, LLC San Diego, CA Sep 22, 2014 $120,000
Instructor, Pediatric Generalist Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso, TX Nov 01, 2012 $110,000
Functional Generalist Kraft Heinz Foods Company Chicago, IL Feb 22, 2016 $108,685
Product Generalist Herelabs, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2013 $100,000
Marketing Generalist Bill Me Later, Inc. Timonium, MD Sep 05, 2013 $100,000
3D Generalist Trollack & Company, Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2015 $85,000
Operations Generalist Kasim International Corporation Miami, FL Jun 24, 2008 $83,422
Senior Computer Graphics Generalist Reel FX, Inc. Dallas, TX Feb 14, 2011 $80,000
Animator, CG Generalist Tonko House Inc. Berkeley, CA Sep 13, 2016 $70,616 -
$85,000
3D Generalist Rhinoceros Visual Effects and Design, LLC. New York, NY Sep 14, 2012 $70,000
Accounting Generalist M & C Hotel Interests, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $66,784
Physical Therapy-Clinical Generalist Texas Children's Hospital Houston, TX Dec 09, 2016 $65,000
Consultant I, Generalist Blackboard Inc. Washington, DC Sep 23, 2010 $65,000 -
$75,000
Accounting Generalist M&C Hotels Interests, Inc. New York, NY Sep 24, 2010 $53,123
Accounting Generalist M&C Hotels Interests, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $53,123
3D Generalist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. New York, NY Sep 10, 2014 $52,175
3D Generalist Deluxe Media Creative Services Inc. New York, NY Sep 12, 2013 $52,175
Global Communications Generalist Lenovo (United States) Inc. Morrisville, NC Oct 01, 2014 $51,650 -
$61,650
Students With Disabilities-Generalist New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 01, 2011 $45,530
Students With Disabilities-Generalist New York City Department of Education New York, NY Nov 01, 2010 $45,530

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  • Conduct training class regarding laboratory practices and provide information on any changes or revision of laboratory procedures.
  • Handle files from licensing, to affiliation and compliance procedures as well as assigning appointments and processing continuing education certifications.
  • Resolved conflict and delivered superior customer service.
  • Work as generalist rotating between Chemistry department and Hematology and also in Immunology section.
  • Perform and evaluate quality control of all methods of standardized laboratory testing in Hematology, Coagulation, Chemistry, and Urinalysis.

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