Medical Laboratory Technician & Medical Technologist
What do Medical Laboratory Technician and Medical Technologist do?
Using sophisticated laboratory equipment, these professionals look for bacteria, parasites and other microorganisms. They match blood for transfusions, analyze the chemical content of body fluids, and test for drug levels in the blood (to show how a patient is responding to treatment). They also count cells and look for abnormal cells in blood and body fluids. They use microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. Automated equipment and computerized analyzers fill the clinical laboratory area. The laboratory findings are then conveyed to the physician.
Medical Laboratory Technicians usually work under the supervision of the Medical Technologist, performing more basic tests and laboratory procedures. If you enjoy working behind the scenes with minimal to no patient contact, then a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) or Medical Technologist (MT) position may be the one for you.
Types of Work Environments
- Medical laboratories
Education and Training Requirements
Medical laboratory technicians typically have a two-year associate's degree, while medical technologists have a four-year bachelor's degree.
Salary - Medical Laboratory Technician
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics
, the average medical and clinical laboratory technician earns a mean wage of approximately $39,340 per year.
Salary - Medical Technologist
According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average medical and clinical laboratory technologist earns a mean wage of approximately $58,640 per year.
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
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