Medical Technologists

Medical technologists, also called clinical laboratory technologists and medical laboratory scientists, are health professionals whose jobs include many health care roles. They perform laboratory tests essential to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. They work under the direction of laboratory managers and pathologists. Approximately 162,630 medical and clinical laboratory technologists are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Bacteriology Technologists, Biochemistry Technologists, Blood Bank Technologists, Chemistry Technologists, Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Cytotechnologists, Immunohematology Technologists, Immunology Technologists, Medical Laboratory Scientists, Microbiology Technologists, Molecular Biology Technologists
Duties Perform laboratory tests that help physicians detect, diagnose, and treat diseases
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship
Personality Traits
  • Hands On
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Clinical Laboratory Manager
  • Chief Medical Technologist or Clinical Laboratory Supervisor
  • Medical Technologist
  • Assistant Medical Technologist

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