What is a Medical Technologist?

Question : What is a medical technologist?

Answer : Medical technologists play an important role in helping to determine why a person is sick. A big part of our job is to obtain blood samples (or other body fluids) from patients and test the samples for illnesses such as diabetes. These tests are ordered by doctors.


Question : What areas of research do medical technologists work in?

Answer : A medical technologist who gains experience in one of the special areas of the laboratory has the opportunity to advance to a specialist level. These areas of the laboratory are chemistry, hematology, blood banking, immunology and microbiology. In today's laboratories, areas of scientific exploration are the immune system, cell marker technology, bioengineering and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are just a few of the specialties with openings. In industry, medical technologists are needed for positions in marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance, among others.


Question : Where do medical technologists work?

Answer : Medical Technologists have an unlimited choice of practice settings. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities, business and industry currently have positions open for qualified medical technologists.


Question : What does it takes to become a Medical Technologist

Answer : All medical technologists have certain common characteristics. They are problem-solvers. They like challenge and responsibility. They are accurate, reliable, emotionally stable, work well under pressure and are able to finish a task once started. They communicate well, both in writing and speaking. They set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they do. But, above all, they are deeply committed to their profession, and are truly fascinated by all that science has to offer. For someone who chooses a career in the medical laboratory, the exploration never ends.


Question : How long do medical technologist go to school?

Answer : A medical technologist usually studies at a college for four years. This includes one year of an internship, where we get "on-the-job" training at places like hospitals.


Question : Are there other jobs like yours that need less training?

Answer : Yes. Medical technicians go to college for two years. They have less responsibility than medical technologists.


Question : What is a medical technologist?

Answer : Medical technologists play an important role in helping to determine why a person is sick. A big part of our job is to obtain blood samples (or other body fluids) from patients and test the samples for illnesses such as diabetes. These tests are ordered by doctors.


Question : What areas of research do medical technologists work in?

Answer : A medical technologist who gains experience in one of the special areas of the laboratory has the opportunity to advance to a specialist level. These areas of the laboratory are chemistry, hematology, blood banking, immunology and microbiology. In today's laboratories, areas of scientific exploration are the immune system, cell marker technology, bioengineering and cancer research. In the clinical area, drug testing, therapeutic drug monitoring and biogenetics are just a few of the specialties with openings. In industry, medical technologists are needed for positions in marketing, sales, quality assurance, environmental health and insurance, among others.


Question : Where do medical technologists work?

Answer : Medical Technologists have an unlimited choice of practice settings. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, nursing homes, public health facilities, business and industry currently have positions open for qualified medical technologists.


Question : What does it takes to become a Medical Technologist

Answer : All medical technologists have certain common characteristics. They are problem-solvers. They like challenge and responsibility. They are accurate, reliable, emotionally stable, work well under pressure and are able to finish a task once started. They communicate well, both in writing and speaking. They set high standards for themselves and expect quality in the work they do. But, above all, they are deeply committed to their profession, and are truly fascinated by all that science has to offer. For someone who chooses a career in the medical laboratory, the exploration never ends.


Question : How long do medical technologist go to school?

Answer : A medical technologist usually studies at a college for four years. This includes one year of an internship, where we get "on-the-job" training at places like hospitals.


Question : Are there other jobs like yours that need less training?

Answer : Yes. Medical technicians go to college for two years. They have less responsibility than medical technologists.

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