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Working As A Medical Technologist, 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

  • $51,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Technologist, 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 Medical Technologist, 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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Average Length of Employment
Generalist 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Medical Technologist, Generalist
Generalist 4.7%
Supervisor 1.7%
Top Careers After Medical Technologist, Generalist
Generalist 4.4%
Supervisor 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$51,000
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$30,000
Min 10%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$51,000
Median 50%
$89,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Rochester Regional Health
Highest Paying City
Newton, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
5.8 years
How much does a Medical Technologist, Generalist make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Technologist, Generalist in the United States is $51,822 per year or $25 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $30,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $89,000.

Real Medical Technologist, Generalist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Medical Technologist/Generalist Brigham and Womens Faulkner Hospital Inc. Boston, MA Sep 26, 2016 $68,952
Medical Technologist/Generalist Brigham and Womens Faulkner Hospital Inc. Boston, MA Dec 19, 2014 $56,285
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System, A Special Purpose Unit of Local Government Fort Myers, FL Aug 27, 2012 $54,304
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System, A Special Purpose Unit Fort Myers, FL Aug 27, 2012 $54,304
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System, A Special Purpose Unit Fort Myers, FL Jun 27, 2012 $53,782
Medical Technologist, Generalist Douglas, Grant, Lincoln and Okanogan Counties Public Grand Coulee, WA May 11, 2012 $53,497
Medical Technologist-Generalist Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. D/B/A Florida Celebration, FL Nov 18, 2015 $51,200
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System, A Special Purpose Unit Fort Myers, FL Aug 12, 2013 $50,693
Medical Technologist Generalist St. Aloisius Hospital Harvey, ND May 01, 2016 $48,314
Medical Technologist Generalist St. Aloisius Hospital Harvey, ND Sep 01, 2015 $46,832
Medical Technologist Generalist St. Aloisius Hospital Harvey, ND Jan 09, 2015 $46,832
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System Fort Myers, FL Aug 13, 2010 $44,871 -
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Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System Fort Myers, FL Oct 08, 2009 $41,907 -
$47,104
Medical Technologist-Generalist Lee Memorial Health System Fort Myers, FL Oct 20, 2009 $41,907 -
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Top Skills for A Medical Technologist, Generalist

  1. Clinical Laboratory
  2. Hematology
  3. Microbiology
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  • Perform clinical laboratory tests pertinent to blood bank, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, serology, microbiology, and immunology.
  • Performed complete routine Hematology/Coagulation/Urinalysis, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Blood Bank, Microbiology culture set-up and limited gram-stain reading.
  • Trained technologists to detect and identify acid-fast bacteria and fungi in laboratory that had experienced significant staff turnover in Microbiology Department.
  • Executed Blood Bank Testing including transfusion service, blood antibody detection and identification, blood inventory maintenance.
  • Perform and reviews Quality Control and performance maintenance procedures daily on five clinical analyzers to ensure quality results.

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Top 10 Best States for Medical Technologists, Generalist

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Medical Technologist, Generalist Demographics

Gender

Female

61.5%

Male

26.7%

Unknown

11.8%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

9.3%

Unknown

4.5%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

61.5%

Arabic

11.5%

French

3.8%

Korean

3.8%

Portuguese

1.9%

Hungarian

1.9%

Chinese

1.9%

Filipino

1.9%

German

1.9%

Dutch

1.9%

Greek

1.9%

Persian

1.9%

Tagalog

1.9%

Italian

1.9%
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Medical Technologist, Generalist Education

Schools

University of Cincinnati

10.3%

University of Phoenix

9.8%

Michigan State University

7.7%

Thomas Jefferson University

5.7%

Southwestern University

5.2%

Louisiana Tech University

5.2%

Weber State University

5.2%

University of Puerto Rico - Medical Sciences Campus

4.6%

Walden University

4.6%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Saint Louis University-

4.1%

Winston-Salem State University

4.1%

Tarleton State University

4.1%

George Washington University

3.6%

Illinois State University

3.6%

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-New Orleans

3.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

3.6%

Florida State College at Jacksonville

3.6%

University of Alabama at Birmingham

3.6%

University of Southern Mississippi

3.6%
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Majors

Medical Technician

39.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

26.2%

Biology

6.9%

Business

5.1%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Microbiology

2.7%

Health Sciences And Services

2.1%

Management

1.8%

Chemistry

1.7%

Public Health

1.5%

Nursing

1.4%

Computer Science

1.2%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.1%

Clinical Psychology

0.8%

Computer Information Systems

0.8%

Health And Wellness

0.8%

Education

0.7%

Information Technology

0.7%

Veterinary Science

0.6%

Physiology And Anatomy

0.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.4%

Masters

16.3%

Other

13.3%

Associate

9.2%

Certificate

4.7%

Doctorate

2.0%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.2%
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