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Become A Generalist

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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

A Generalist provides support to employees in different HR-related topics, such as leave or compensation, and resolves issues regarding those topics. They also maintain employee files and record them electronically and in paper form.

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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Real Generalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Generalist (Quant) S.A.C. Capital Advisors, L.P. New York, NY Feb 28, 2011 $135,000
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 Hey, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 01, 2013 $100,000
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
Product Generalist Hey, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 01, 2014 $100,000
Product Generalist Hey, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jul 09, 2014 $100,000
3D Generalist Trollack & Company, Inc. New York, NY Feb 16, 2015 $85,000
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
Consultant I, Generalist Blackboard Inc. Washington, DC Sep 23, 2010 $65,000 -
$75,000
Accounting Generalist M & C Hotel Interests, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $64,410
Dental Generalist Dental Group of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA Oct 01, 2012 $60,982
Dental Generalist Dental Group of Beverly Hills Beverly Hills, CA Oct 01, 2009 $60,502
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 Nov 01, 2010 $45,530
Students With Disabilities-Generalist New York City Department of Education New York, NY May 15, 2012 $45,530
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 Sep 01, 2010 $45,530

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Top Skills for A Generalist

LaboratoryInstrumentsHematologyProceduresCustomerServiceUrinalysisBloodBankMicrobiologyEnsureComplianceSafetyHRPayrollPhlebotomyAnalyzersSerologyDataEntryQCResourceEmergencySysmexMaya

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Top Generalist Skills

  1. Laboratory Instruments
  2. Hematology
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated & calibrated laboratory instruments & performed various microscopic tests.
  • Monitored and make sure CAP surveys are completed and entered for hematology and coagulation sections.
  • Handle files from licensing, to affiliation and compliance procedures as well as assigning appointments and processing continuing education certifications.
  • Provide superior customer service to everyone.
  • Trained in Coagulation, Hematology, Chemistry and Urinalysis.

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