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Working As A Senior 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

  • $47,458

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior Medical Technologist 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 Senior 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.

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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Top Careers Before Senior Medical Technologist
Supervisor 2.6%
Internship 2.6%
Generalist 1.8%
Volunteer 1.2%
Top Careers After Senior Medical Technologist
Supervisor 4.7%
Generalist 2.3%
Manager 1.9%

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Senior Medical Technologist Demographics

Gender

Female

62.8%

Male

33.7%

Unknown

3.5%
Ethnicity

White

55.1%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Asian

11.3%

Black or African American

11.1%

Unknown

5.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

40.9%

Arabic

13.6%

French

9.1%

Portuguese

4.5%

Chinese

4.5%

Filipino

4.5%

German

4.5%

Czech

4.5%

Slovak

4.5%

Polish

4.5%

Korean

4.5%
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Senior Medical Technologist Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

University of Utah

8.9%

Michigan State University

7.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

6.3%

University of Maryland - University College

5.1%

University of Illinois at Chicago

5.1%

Capella University

5.1%

George Washington University

5.1%

Walden University

5.1%

Howard University

5.1%

Rush University

3.8%

Webster University

3.8%

Kaplan University

3.8%

Saint Louis University-

3.8%

Johns Hopkins University

3.8%

Old Dominion University

3.8%

Northeastern University

3.8%

Weber State University

3.8%

North Carolina State University

2.5%

University of South Florida

2.5%
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Majors

Medical Technician

34.7%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

16.4%

Business

10.3%

Biology

7.1%

Health Care Administration

4.9%

Public Health

3.7%

Nursing

3.7%

Management

2.9%

Microbiology

2.7%

Health Sciences And Services

1.7%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.7%

Pharmacy

1.5%

Medical Assisting Services

1.2%

Chemistry

1.2%

Education

1.2%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Computer Information Systems

1.0%

Kinesiology

1.0%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.0%

Physician Assistant

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

43.7%

Masters

23.2%

Other

15.4%

Certificate

7.0%

Associate

6.4%

Diploma

1.8%

Doctorate

1.8%

License

0.6%
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Real Senior Medical Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Medical Technologist Hematology General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Mar 10, 2013 $81,607
Senior Medical Technologist Icon Clinical Research LLC Farmingdale, NY Aug 08, 2016 $81,372
Senior Medical Tchnologist Stamford Hospital Stamford, CT Jul 20, 2014 $80,036
Senior Medical Technologist Stamford Hospital Stamford, CT Jul 31, 2014 $80,036
SR. Medical Technologist General Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Mar 10, 2010 $76,975
Senior Medical Technologist Brigham and Women's Hospital Boston, MA Apr 26, 2012 $76,939
Senior Medical Technologist Puget Sound Blood Center Seattle, WA Jan 02, 2012 $76,739
Senior Medical Technologist Stamford Hospital Stamford, CT Sep 06, 2011 $75,445
SR. Medical Technologist Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute Chantilly, VA Oct 01, 2013 $71,855
Senior Medical Techologist Stamford Hospital Stamford, CT Oct 01, 2012 $71,490
Senior Medical Technologist St. Catherine Hospital East Chicago, IN Aug 14, 2013 $68,015
SR. Medical Technologist Samaritan Hospital Troy, NY Oct 13, 2016 $65,000
SR. Medical Technologist Samaritan Hospital Troy, NY May 19, 2016 $65,000
Senior Maedical Technologist Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc. Winter Park, FL Jun 06, 2014 $64,426
Senior Medical Technologist Florida Hospital Orlando, FL Jan 25, 2013 $60,690
Senior Medical Technologist Florida Hospital Winter Park, FL Feb 12, 2012 $60,690
SR. Medical Technologist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Feb 22, 2015 $60,320
Senior Medical Technologist Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY Aug 05, 2015 $59,918
Senior Medical Technologist The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Cente Houston, TX Aug 10, 2012 $59,000
Senior Medical Technologist University of Miami Miami, FL Jan 26, 2016 $58,882
Senior Medical Technologist Ellis Hospital Schenectady, NY Mar 24, 2015 $58,749
SR. Medical Technologist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Jan 01, 2014 $58,656
SR. Medical Technologist St. Catherine Hospital East Chicago, IN Oct 01, 2013 $56,996
SR. Medical Technologist St. Catherine Hospital East Chicago, IN Sep 21, 2013 $56,996
Senior Medical Technologist All Children's Health System, Inc. Saint Petersburg, FL Oct 05, 2012 $56,474
SR. Medical Technologist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Jan 01, 2014 $56,160
SR. Medical Technologist University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine Miami, FL Feb 23, 2015 $56,160
Senior Medical Technologist University of Miami Miami, FL Dec 03, 2014 $56,160
Senior Medical Technologist Memorial Hermann Health System Houston, TX Apr 20, 2013 $56,057

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Top Skills for A Senior Medical Technologist

  1. Laboratory Specimens
  2. Laboratory Procedures
  3. Clinical Chemistry
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  • Set up protocols for quality assurance of X-Ray and laboratory procedures ensuring compliance with State and Federal regulations.
  • Lecture and laboratory covering the theoretical and practical concepts associated with testing procedures performed in clinical chemistry.
  • Performed various testing procedures in Clinical Hematology and was being cross-trained in Clinical Chemistry according to established procedures.
  • Served as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist working in multiple operating capacities within the Molecular Biology Laboratory and Clinical Microbiology Laboratory.
  • Lecture and laboratory covering urinalysis testing procedures and associated disease entities.

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