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According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), "a medical labor atory technician searches for basic clues

to the absence, presence, extent, and causes of diseases. This skilled individual is responsible for performing labora tory tests efficiently and accurately for high-quality patient care." Medical laboratory technicians work in a medical laboratory, often under the gui dance or supervision of a medical technologist (MT). The nature of the work is s imilar in that MLTs also work with laboratory equipment, helping to prepare and analyze slides and specimens of human blood, tissue, or other cells. Medical Laboratory Technicians help to support the work of medical technologists , to help identify abnormalities in the samples such as malignancies, bacteria, parasites, or genetic abnormalities. Medical laboratory technicians also may ass ist in blood-typing, or other routine blood tests. Medical laboratory technician s do similar work but at a less complex level as medical technologists, as educa tional requirements for medical laboratory technicians are less than the require ments for medical technologists. Educational Requirements for Medical Laboratory Technicians: To prepare for a career as a medical laboratory technician, it helps to start by getting a solid foundation in high school sciences biology, chemistry, math and computer science, according to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). After graduating from high school, successful completion of an associate s degree is also required. (An associate s degree consists of about two years of college co ursework from a community college, technical or vocational school, or university .) In addition to the associate s degree, completion of an accredited training progra m for medical laboratory technicians. If an MLT goes on to obtain a bachelor s degree, he or she can then advance to the medical technologist (MT) role with the "appropriate experience," according to the ASCP. Salary for Medical Laboratory Technicians: While the top 10% of medical lab technicians earned up to $50,250, the median an nual salary for this career is $32,840, according to the Bureau of Labor Statist ics (BLS) website, visited April 2009. Additionally, the slightly higher paying MLT jobs are typically found in hospitals and universities, with slightly lower paying jobs found in medical laboratories of physician offices or small clinics. What's to Like about Careers as a Medical Laboratory Technician: Like other medical lab careers, demand for medical lab technicians is huge, acco rding to the BLS and the ASCP. Over half of all medical laboratories in the U.S. are hiring! Additionally, medical laboratory technician jobs offer an opportunity to have a significant impact on patient care, without actually interacting with patients. While people skills are important in any job, MLT jobs do not require the level of interpersonal interaction or skills that other medical jobs require when dire ct patient care is involved. If you are fascinated by science and technology as they apply to healthcare, you may want to be an MLT! Introduction to Medical Laboratory Careers: Working in a medical laboratory could be an excellent career option for you if y ou are interested in a medical job that does not require direct patient care or continual patient interaction. If you are more interested in the science and tec hnology aspect of the medical field, as opposed to direct patient care, a medica l laboratory job may be for you! Additionally, if you are comfortable with compu ters, medical equipment, and have an excellent attention to detail, you could be very successful in a medical laboratory role.

preferably in . Therefore. p arasites. some type of computer software will most likely be used for doc umentation purposes. Although medical technologists do not often interact directly with patients. medical technologists operate complex electronic equipment. and precision instruments. (BLS). Additionally. A few examples of medical laboratory jobs are: Medical Lab Technician (MLT) Medical Technologist (MT) Cytotechnologist Pathologist Phlebotomist Histotechnician What is a Medical Technologist? Career Overview: Medical technologists are one of many exciting and rewarding medical laboratory careers. They match blood for transfu sions. Other medical labs are corporate owned labs that charge medical facilitie s for processing labwork as an outsourced service. to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as HIV/AIDS. is often worth millions of dollars. salaries for medical lab careers vary accordingly. the work completed by medical technologists directly impacts patients lives. develop and modify procedures. or other microorganisms. medical technologists evaluate test results. or lab coat. the medical technologist must be savvy with technology a s well as in science. a government ins titution. Therefore. peering i nto microscopes or utilizing biomedical equipment to process slides and specimen s. as a medical laboratory professional . sterile environments with a lot of high -tech equipment for viewing and analyzing microscopic samples of human tissue or bodily fluids. Working in a medical lab may entail many hours of sitting or standing. you could work as an employee of a corporation. such as high-powered microscopes. and cancer. computers. you may have to wear protective covering such as gloves. Depending on the role and the type of specimens being handl ed in the lab. According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP). and cell counters. or directly for a hospital or other healthcare facility. Physici ans rely on the information provided by medical technologists to determine the d iagnosis and treatment of their patients. and e stablish and monitor programs. This equipme nt. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. to doctorate level professionals. Examples of Medical Laboratory Jobs and Careers: There are a variety of medical laboratory careers available at a variety of educ ational levels. cancerous cells. mask. diabetes. to ensure the accuracy of tests. drugs. from high school graduates. or other factors. Work Environment for Medical Laboratories: Medical laboratories are often well-lit. Also known as Clinical Laboratory Scientists (CLS). Additionally. Educational and Training Requirements for Medical Technologists: A medical technologist career requires at least a bachelor s degree. medical technologists perform a variety of tasks including everything from simple pre-m arital blood tests. medical technologists analyz e specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria. Other medical labs may be uni versity or government owned labs that conduct research or analyze specimens for government healthcare providers. Th erefore. goggles. check blood levels for chemicals.What and Where are Medical Laboratories: Some medical labs are housed in medical facilities such as a large hospital or c linic. a university.

You can major in a related subject to obtain a bachelor s degree in an applicable science such as biology. according to the ASCP. by studying hard to excel in key subjects such as biology. If you are seeking a similar career that does not require a bachelor s degree.4%. Additionally. according to the ASCP.260. according to the BLS. public health institutions. you may want to consider a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). medical technologists should become certified in their fiel d after completing all of the educational and training requirements.a scientific field. or commercial independe nt laboratories.) The top 10% of earners among medical technologists earned $69. including labs in hospi tals. vis ited April 2009. clinics. and com puter sciences. To prepare for a career in medical technology. (However. The ASCP of fers a national certification exam that should be renewed every three years. microbiology or biochemistry. Certification as a Medical Technologist: For optimum success. Thi s certifies that you are proficient in your field and allows you to use the init ials MT(ASCP) after your name. The program must be accredited by the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Science (NAA-CLS). the completion of an accredited medical techn ologist program is also required. Medical technologists are in extremely high demand. at 10. After completion of your undergraduate degree. While there is a shortage in all medical laboratory careers. you can start in high school.700 according to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Average Salary for Medical Technologists: The median (mid-point) annual salary for Medical Technologists is about $49. chemistry. universities. the clinical and technical training in a medical technolog y program will further prepare you for a successful lab career as a medical tech nologist. math. . medical technologists ha ve the highest vacancy rate of all lab careers. Work Environment and Job Opportunities: Medical technologists can work in a variety of settings. the data is dated 2006.