The Field of Medical Technology
Medical technologists are medical professionals that work with physicians and other members of the healthcare team,
preparing specimens and analyzing blood and other body fluids to diagnose and detect disease. Technologists also develop and evaluate new test procedures, perform quality control, educate other laboratory professionals and manage laboratories. Training includes the five major disciplines of blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology and microbiology. Medical technologists have limited patient contact.
Students wishing to enter this field must possess manual dexterity and be comfortable using computer technology and operating complex machinery. The ability to work well under pressure is essential.
Excellent job opportunities and rapid growth are expected for this field.* Employment opportunities are slated to be mostly in hospitals and clinics, diagnostic laboratories and physicians’ offices. The field offers advancement into supervisory, administrative, educational and specialty positions with experience and/or additional education.
*[Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, Clinical Laboratory Technologists, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos096.htm#nature