Pre-Medical Technology

A medical technologist is highly skilled to perform and interpret laboratory analyses that monitors health status. Technologists may be generalists and perform many types of tests or they may become specialists.

Specialists may work as chemists, analyzing body fluids or as microbiologists, identifying microorganisms in infections and diseases. They may perform blood typing and prepare blood for transfusions as blood bank technologists or work as hematologists identifying blood cells in conditions like leukemia and anemia. Immunologists test antigens and antibodies to aid in diagnosis of diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS.

Medical techs work in hospitals, medical laboratories, offices and clinics of physicians. Some find work in blood banks, such as American Red Cross, and research and testing laboratories. They can work for the Federal Government and U.S. Public Health Services, i.e. the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

After receiving a B.S., medical techs sit for a certifying exam. Nationally, employment opportunities are expected to grow through the year 2016 as the volume of laboratory tests increases with population growth and the development of new types of tests. The salary is in the mid 40s.

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