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Working As A Medical Technologist Lead

  • 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

  • $57,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Technologist Lead 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 Lead

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
Medical Manager 3.2 years
Top Careers Before Medical Technologist Lead
Internship 3.6%
Cashier 3.1%
Supervisor 2.5%
Generalist 2.4%
Paramedic 2.4%
Manager 2.2%
Top Careers After Medical Technologist Lead
Supervisor 3.6%
Manager 3.1%
Consultant 3.1%
Analyst 2.8%

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Average Yearly Salary
$57,000
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$31,000
Min 10%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$57,000
Median 50%
$102,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Aurora Health Care
Highest Paying City
Anchorage, AK
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Medical Technologist Lead make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Medical Technologist Lead in the United States is $57,143 per year or $27 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $31,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $102,000.

Real Medical Technologist Lead Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Global Medical Affairs Leader Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. New Haven, CT Sep 20, 2016 $304,050 -
$456,075
US Medical Leader, US Medical Organization Amgen Inc. Thousand Oaks, CA Sep 18, 2016 $257,516
Global Clinical Leader MD, Global Medical & Clinical Affairs Radiology Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals NJ May 25, 2016 $238,846
Global Medical Affairs Leader Glaxosmithkline LLC Parkton, NC Mar 02, 2016 $228,600 -
$347,050
Medical Therapeutic Area Leader CSL Behring L.L.C. King of Prussia, PA Sep 30, 2015 $210,893
Global Medical Affairs Leader Glaxosmithkline LLC Parkton, NC Sep 23, 2016 $183,435 -
$300,000
Global Medical Affairs Leader Glaxosmithkline LLC Parkton, NC Sep 19, 2016 $183,435 -
$300,000
Medical Technology Lead Searchlateral, Inc. Menlo Park, CA Sep 25, 2014 $151,000
Lead Medical Technologist Icon Central Laboratories, Inc. Farmingdale, NY Sep 27, 2013 $75,500
Lead Medical Technologist Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Mar 01, 2014 $75,192
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Jul 30, 2015 $72,051
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Jul 30, 2012 $71,960
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Oct 02, 2010 $71,939
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Jul 29, 2009 $71,939
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Dec 09, 2010 $71,939
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Sep 27, 2010 $71,939
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Dec 10, 2013 $68,579
Lead Medical Technologist Southampton Hospital Southampton, NY Sep 20, 2013 $68,579
Supervisor Lead Medical Technologist Bon Secours Charity Health System Inc. Warwick, NY Mar 14, 2011 $62,610
Lead Medical Technologist Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Aug 15, 2011 $62,500
Lead Medical Technologist Children's National Medical Center Washington, DC Mar 28, 2016 $61,462 -
$69,142
Medical Technologist I-Section Lead Alice Hyde Medical Center Malone, NY Nov 26, 2014 $61,173
Lead Medical Technologist Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Aug 29, 2016 $60,091
Lead Medical Technologist The Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Jul 09, 2010 $58,573
Lead Medical Technologist Mayo Clinic Austin, MN Aug 15, 2013 $58,260
Lead Medical Technologist The Johns Hopkins Hospital Baltimore, MD Sep 15, 2009 $57,054

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Top Skills for A Medical Technologist Lead

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Clinical Chemistry
  3. Hematology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained lab equipment and troubleshot/resolved instrument problems.
  • Perform laboratory testing in the clinical chemistry department using the Dimension Vista 1500 analyzer system.
  • Performed (QC) quality control, troubleshot and performed preventative maintenance on chemistry and hematology analyzers.
  • Verify coverage, eligibility, and prior authorization needs with various insurance companies.
  • Evaluate and analyze patient samples in areas of clinical chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, immunology and toxicology.

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Top 10 Best States for Medical Technologist Leads

  1. Alaska
  2. Rhode Island
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Connecticut
  5. Montana
  6. Nevada
  7. Vermont
  8. Wyoming
  9. Oregon
  10. New Jersey
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Medical Technologist Lead Demographics

Gender

Female

56.6%

Male

29.2%

Unknown

14.3%
Ethnicity

White

58.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

8.6%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

53.3%

Italian

11.1%

French

8.9%

Polish

4.4%

Hausa

4.4%

Irish

2.2%

German

2.2%

Igbo

2.2%

Japanese

2.2%

Mandarin

2.2%

Dakota

2.2%

Arabic

2.2%

Thai

2.2%
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Medical Technologist Lead Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

26.8%

University of Cincinnati

6.5%

Walden University

6.0%

University of Washington

5.4%

Columbia Southern University

4.2%

Michigan State University

4.2%

Ashford University

4.2%

University of South Florida

3.6%

The Academy

3.6%

University of Maryland - University College

3.6%

Webster University

3.6%

Nova Southeastern University

3.6%

Howard University

3.6%

University of Arizona

3.6%

University of Saint Francis

3.0%

Saint Francis University

3.0%

Pennsylvania State University

3.0%

University of Maryland - Baltimore

3.0%

Baker College

3.0%

Southern New Hampshire University

3.0%
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Majors

Medical Technician

14.3%

Health Care Administration

13.2%

Business

12.3%

Nursing

11.4%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

10.7%

Medical Assisting Services

7.0%

Biology

5.7%

Management

3.5%

Psychology

2.8%

Public Health

2.5%

Medicine

2.2%

Pharmacy

2.1%

Health Sciences And Services

2.0%

Accounting

1.7%

General Studies

1.6%

Education

1.6%

Liberal Arts

1.6%

Computer Information Systems

1.4%

Physician Assistant

1.3%

Nursing Assistants

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.9%

Other

21.0%

Masters

18.0%

Associate

13.1%

Certificate

7.8%

Doctorate

3.9%

Diploma

1.6%

License

0.7%
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