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Become A Medical Technologist

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Working As A Medical Technologist

  • 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

  • $53,177

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Technologist Do

A Medical Technologist is responsible for providing information for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease through conducting medical laboratory tests, procedures, and analyses. They deliver test results to physicians, researchers, and patients.

How To Become A Medical Technologist

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.


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.


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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Medical Technologist Career Paths

Medical Technologist
Licensed Practical Nurse Staff Nurse Nursing Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Nurse Case Manager
Career Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Case Manager Therapist
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Staff Nurse
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Registered Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Clinical Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Licensed Practical Nurse Nursing Director
Director Of Health Services
11 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Chemist Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
11 Yearsyrs
Lead Technician Service Manager Service Director
Director Of Support Services
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager Property Manager
Facilities Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Licensed Practical Nurse Nurse Manager
Health Director
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Technician Nurse Veterinary Technician
Hospitality Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Phlebotomist Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Medic Pharmacist Medical Science Liaison
Medical Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Practice Manager
Practice Administrator
10 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse MD Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Supervisor Project Manager General Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Technical Supervisor Information Technology Manager Operations Manager
Site Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Medical Technologist Demographics


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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Hindi

  • Vietnamese

  • Chinese

  • Tagalog

  • Portuguese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Russian

  • Korean

  • Gujarati

  • German

  • Swahili

  • Urdu

  • Filipino

  • Carrier

  • Polish

  • Ukrainian

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Real Medical Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Medical Technology Planning & Implementation NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Nov 17, 2016 $115,000
Manager, Medical Technology Planning & Implementation NYU Langone Health System New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $115,000
Medical Technologist Feather River Hospital Paradise, CA Jan 06, 2016 $110,006
Medical Technologist Wrangell Medical Center Wrangell, AK Dec 15, 2016 $101,367
Medical Technologist Enloe Medical Center Chico, CA Mar 28, 2016 $92,602
Medical Technologist Enloe Medical Center Chico, CA Jun 15, 2016 $92,602
Medical Technologist Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Mar 24, 2016 $83,584
Medical Technologist Desert Regional Medical Center Palm Springs, CA Jul 13, 2015 $83,480
Medical Technologist II Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Dec 01, 2016 $81,661
Medical Technologist New Jersey Organ and Tissue Sharing Network, Inc. New Providence, NJ Mar 24, 2016 $79,188
Medical Technologist Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Jul 13, 2016 $76,981
Medical Technologist Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Sep 28, 2016 $76,981
Medical Technologist Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK May 10, 2015 $74,923
Medical Technologist Bartlett Regional Hospital Juneau, AK Aug 07, 2016 $74,923
Medical Technologist Humboldt General Hospital Winnemucca, NV Jan 06, 2016 $53,456
Medical Technologist The Methodist Hospital Houston, TX Aug 01, 2015 $53,421
Medical Technologist Dimmit Regional Hospital Carrizo Springs, TX Sep 26, 2016 $53,365
Medical Technologist Shannon Medical Center San Angelo, TX Sep 20, 2016 $53,248
Medical Technologists Othello Community Hospital Othello, WA Jan 22, 2015 $53,227
Medical Technologist I District Hospital Holdings, Inc. Belle Glade, FL Jun 15, 2015 $53,219
Medical Technologist II Columbus Regional Hospital Columbus, IN Mar 31, 2016 $53,219 -
Medical Technologist Lower Umpqua Hospital District Reedsport, OR Jan 05, 2016 $47,980
Medical Technologist Lubbock County Hospital District Lubbock, TX Jan 21, 2015 $47,959
Medical Technologist Mercy Hospital Valley City, ND Sep 26, 2016 $47,959
Medical Technologist Interpath Laboratory Boise, ID Mar 20, 2015 $47,902
Medical Technologist Florida Health Sciences Center, Inc. Tampa, FL Jan 05, 2015 $47,882
Staff Medical Technologist Trinity Health Minot, ND Dec 14, 2016 $47,876 -
Medical Technologist Hiawatha Community Hospital Hiawatha, KS Jan 01, 2016 $47,840

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Top Skills for A Medical Technologist


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Top Medical Technologist Skills

  1. Clinical Chemistry
  2. Hematology
  3. Laboratory Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform complex clinical chemistry, hematological, immunologic, microscopic and bacteriological test.
  • Performed hematology lab testings through instruments, manual differential readings, urinalysis, coagulation testings.
  • Collect and prepare specimens and perform laboratory procedures.
  • Key Contributions: Executed and analyzed tests in areas including chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, serology.
  • Worked nights in the microbiology laboratory, performing bench work on human and veterinary cultures.

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