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Medical Technologist

Overview: Medical technologists perform chemical tests on patients' body fluids such as blood, urine, spinal fluid, pus, gastric juices to provide physicians with information needed to diagnose and treat disease. They cultivate bacteria and parasites from patients' infections to aid physician's diagnosis
Duties: They conduct medical tests on patients' specimens of body fluids and tissues to determine if the specimens contain the accepted level of chemicals, minerals, cells, etc.

They identify the presence of bacteria and parasites that can cause illness and disease. Evaluate the effects of medications and treatments on the growth of bacteria and parasites.

May take repeated specimens from patients to conduct a wide range of medical tests. They may decide to conduct further tests using different types of laboratory test equipment & procedures.

They track individual patients' status by observing trends or shifts in the results of the laboratory tests. They advise physicians about life threatening observations.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology 
Job Outlook: Employment of medical technologists is expected to grow faster than average through. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of medical technologists, employment is expected also to grow rapidly in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and all other ambulatory healthcare services.
Salary Range (National Average): $30,000 to $37,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: The usual requirement for an entry level position as a medical technologist is a bachelor's degree in medical technology or one of the life sciences. An associate degree from a college or technical institute usually qualifies you for a position as an assistant or medical laboratory technician. Some states require that medical technologists be registered or licensed.
Recommended Skills:
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Performing routine maintenance and/or repairs on equipment using the appropriate tools.
  • Watching gauges and any other types of indicators to make sure equipment is running properly.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Inspecting and testing products or services to assure they meet the desired specifications.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Analyzing the symptoms of a problem and deciding what actions should be taken to resolve the problem.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having the ability to work with equipment or material things.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.