What does a Technologist do?

A medical technologist is responsible for performing professional laboratory work following established clinic procedures and performing chemical and biological tests on patient specimens for medical diagnosis. Medical technologists conduct laboratory tests, procedures, experiments, and analyses to provide data for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. They analyze bodily fluids like blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine the presence of normal and abnormal components. Medical technologists typically work in laboratory facilities.

A Bachelor's Degree in medical technology along with 2 years experience is required for medical technologist positions. A valid ASCP certification is also required. Successful medical technologists possess a strong eye for detail and strong communication skills.

  • Studies blood cells, their numbers, and morphology using a microscopic technique
  • Analyze test results and enters findings in computer
  • Perform blood group, type, and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair any issues with the equipment used in the laboratory
  • Perform radiographic procedures at a technically acceptable level
  • Maintain quality assurance of the laboratory by performing proficiency testing
  • Reduce the potential for liability by following established practices and procedures for completing x-rays as requested by the physician
  • Perform radiographic procedures at a technically acceptable level
  • 2+ years' experience as a Medical Technologist
  • Valid ASCP certification required
  • Previous experience as in a hospital laboratory setting preferred
  • Specialization in areas such as hematology, blood-bank, serology, immunohematology, bacteriology, histology, or chemistry
  • Must possess a strong eye for detail
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications
  • Deeply analytical with strong mathematical abilities
  • Able to lift 20 pounds
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Technologist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,092 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$38K
Median: $70K
$130K
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Jan 29, 2021

“This is a stable job and I've found my coworkers to be kind and helpful.”

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Genetic Technologist
Jul 16, 2021

“People are hired and fired on short term/0 hour contracts so there is no job security.”

Divine Word Missionaries
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Jan 6, 2021

“Their staff trainings and seminar is really great in terms of ones career growth and development.”

EC-CouncilEC-Council
Certification Technologist
Jul 12, 2021

“As a certification technologist I got to work with various clients globally so was a great experience.”

RevatureRevature
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Dec 23, 2020

“You get a great opportunity to get hired on with a large company to start your career.”

Everman IDSEverman IDS
Technologist
Aug 25, 2021

“Principals and staff are really nice and fun to work with.”

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Assistant Garment Technologist
Jun 16, 2019

“Good holiday and discount.”

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Histology Supervisor
Jan 16, 2021

“Awesome staff and great to work with.”

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