Med techs have a lot of options besides the hospital. They can work in clinics, industries, blood centers, public health, research, pharmaceutical companies and crime labs. If you watch CSI, that's what we do.
Interested in becoming a medical lab technologist? Watch this video to learn what a career as a medical lab tech is really like. Provides an overview of the day to day working life of a medical lab technologist.
Medical Laboratory Science (also called Clinical Laboratory Science) is one of the most under-recognized health professions – with excellent job prospects.
The medical laboratory science profession has more than one career track based on level of education: medical laboratory technician (2 years) and medical laboratory scientist (4 to 5 years).
People who enjoy science, solving puzzles, working with laboratory instruments and computers while helping people at the same time, will find a perfect fit with clinical laboratory science careers.
Whether you are studying medicine or laboratory science, you will play a crucial role ensuring patients’ health and well-being. ASCP welcomes you to the profession by providing you with valuable resources and connections to your peers and potential mentors–for free. ASCP and Students: We are stronger together.
American Medical Technologists (AMT) is a nonprofit certification agency and professional membership association representing over 60,000 individuals in allied health care. Established in 1939, AMT has been providing allied health professionals with professional certification services and membership programs to enhance their professional and personal growth. Upon certification, individuals automatically become members of AMT and start to receive valuable benefits.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Medical laboratory technologists and technicians serve an important role in health-care delivery by performing a wide variety of screenings and diagnostic tests as ordered by doctors.
Lab technologists employed in large laboratories typically have a specialty. Those working in small laboratories perform a variety of tests. Specialties are available in numerous areas including microbiology, genetics, parasitology, mycology, immunohematology, cytotechnology, immunology and molecular.
Laboratory technologists usually have more education and training than lab technicians. Technologists are typically required to have a bachelor's degree. Technologists perform more complicated procedures and tests than technicians
There is some speculation that advancements in technology could decrease the need for lab technicians. In the meantime, however, more diagnostic laboratory tests will be required to accommodate the aging baby boomer population. Although hospitals are predicted to be the predominant employer for medical laboratory technicians, other medical facilities, such as ambulatory care services, are showing increased employment opportunities.
Although they are not often personally involved with patients, laboratory technologists and technicians play a crucial role in the process of providing personalized care. They generate vitally important data for identifying and treating cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and many other health conditions.
Don't expect to see clinical laboratory technicians playing a leading role on popular hospital TV dramas such as Grey's Anatomy or House anytime soon.