Medical Technologists Jobs
Medical technologist jobs perform complex research involving chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological tests. Taking cultures for examination and analyze samples to determine the presence of bacteria, fungi, or parasites. Medical technologists also ensure the accuracy of test results by developing and modifying test procedures, monitoring programs, and evaluating test results.
An entry level medical technologist job generally requires a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology although employers may hire if an individual has a combination of education and specialized on the job training. Bachelor's degree programs include chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics, microbiology, and statistics coursework. There are 470 fully accredited programs for medical technologist careers through the National Accrediting Agency for clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Some States may require licensure or registration before working.
Holding nearly 319,000 jobs in 2006, medical technologists were employed mostly in hospitals. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a projected increase in medical technologist employment of 14 percent during 2006 and 2016. This rate will be faster than the national average for all occupations with the demand for employment stemming from increases in the population and the development of new types of tests to complete. Employment for medical technologist jobs will continue in hospitals but medical and diagnostic labs will see a more focused employment growth along with physician offices, and all other ambulatory health care services. Job opportunities are expected to be great for qualified professionals, with the number of job opening exceeding the number of individuals looking for employment.
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