Careers in Medical Technology
What can you do with a degree in Medical Technology?
Many things! But first, it may be helpful to ask yourself a few questions:
Does finding solutions to problems intrigue you?
Do you welcome new challenges?
Do you wish to help save lives?
Do you desire guaranteed employment opportunities?
Did you like biology in high school/college?
If so, clinical laboratory science could be a great career for you!
Clinical laboratory scientists, also called medical technologists, are vital healthcare detectives. They perform a variety of tests on blood and body fluids to assist physicians in the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and prevention of disease. Types of tests include clinical chemistry, hematology, immunology, immunohematology, microbiology, and molecular biology analyses. The clinical laboratory scientists perform the tests, interpret the results, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods. The laboratory scientists plays a vital role in the detection of cancer, heart attacks, diabetes, infectious disease, drug abuse and many other medical conditions.
The majority of medical technologists work in hospital laboratories, private laboratories and physician’s offices. A significant number work in other settings, including industrial, research, public health, forensic and pharmaceutical laboratories.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor projects that the employment of clinical laboratory scientists will increase by 22% through the year 2022, much faster than average. According to Jobs Rated Almanac, clinical laboratory science has 25% job growth and good job security. In ‘The Best Health Care Jobs in 2015’, Forbes listed it as # 7. ‘Top Ten Reviews of Medical Careers ranked it #2 in 2015. In 2012, the median salary for clinical laboratory scientists was about $56, 000. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment and higher salaries for graduates.