What does a Medical Technologist do?

A medical technologist is responsible for performing professional laboratory work following established clinic procedures and performing chemical and biological tests on patient specimens for medical diagnosis. Medical technologists conduct laboratory tests, procedures, experiments, and analyses to provide data for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. They analyze bodily fluids like blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine the presence of normal and abnormal components. Medical technologists typically work in laboratory facilities.

A Bachelor's Degree in medical technology along with 2 years experience is required for medical technologist positions. A valid ASCP certification is also required. Successful medical technologists possess a strong eye for detail and strong communication skills.

What responsibilities are common for Medical Technologist jobs?
  • Studies blood cells, their numbers, and morphology using a microscopic technique
  • Analyze test results and enters findings in computer
  • Perform blood group, type, and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair any issues with the equipment used in the laboratory
  • Perform radiographic procedures at a technically acceptable level
  • Maintain quality assurance of the laboratory by performing proficiency testing
  • Reduce the potential for liability by following established practices and procedures for completing x-rays as requested by the physician
  • Perform radiographic procedures at a technically acceptable level
What are the typical qualifications for Medical Technologist jobs?
  • 2+ years' experience as a Medical Technologist
  • Valid ASCP certification required
  • Previous experience as in a hospital laboratory setting preferred
  • Specialization in areas such as hematology, blood-bank, serology, immunohematology, bacteriology, histology, or chemistry
  • Must possess a strong eye for detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Deeply analytical with strong mathematical abilities
  • Able to lift 20 pounds
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

Medical Technologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$82,067 /yr
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$53K
Median: $82K
$172K
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Medical Technologist Career Path

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
27%
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23%
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Read what Medical Technologist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
GrifolsGrifols
Testing Technologist
29 Jan 2021

“This is a stable job and I've found my coworkers to be kind and helpful.”

Divine Word Missionaries
Medical Technologist
6 Jan 2021

“Their staff trainings and seminar is really great in terms of ones career growth and development.”

Chris Dikeakos ArchitectsChris Dikeakos Architects
Graduate Technologist
6 July 2022

“Pavlo is a good teacher and I feel like everyone is invested in me growing.”

Oncologica® UKOncologica® UK
Genetic Technologist
16 July 2021

“People are hired and fired on short term/0 hour contracts so there is no job security.”

Cleveland ClinicCleveland Clinic
Medical Technologist
18 Apr 2022

“You pay for parking and the insurance isn’t as good as it should be in my opinion.”

RevatureRevature
Technologist
23 Dec 2020

“You get a great opportunity to get hired on with a large company to start your career.”

Dentsu InternationalDentsu International
Technologist
2 July 2022

“Good luck getting a fair salary increase based on merit if you're a compliant introverted worker bee.”

EC-CouncilEC-Council
Certification Technologist
12 July 2021

“As a certification technologist I got to work with various clients globally so was a great experience.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Medical Technologist

When working as a Medical Technologist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are ASCP, Laboratory Information Systems, Protocols, Diagnosis and Effective Communication.

The most similar professions to Medical Technologist are:
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Tech
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist

The most common qualifications to become a Medical Technologist is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

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