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|Overview:||Medical technologists perform chemical tests on patients' body fluids such as blood, urine, spinal fluid, pus, gastric juices to provide physicians with information needed to diagnose and treat disease. They cultivate bacteria and parasites from patients' infections to aid physician's diagnosis|
|Duties:||They conduct medical tests on patients' specimens of body fluids and tissues to determine if the specimens contain the accepted level of chemicals, minerals, cells, etc.
They identify the presence of bacteria and parasites that can cause illness and disease. Evaluate the effects of medications and treatments on the growth of bacteria and parasites.
May take repeated specimens from patients to conduct a wide range of medical tests. They may decide to conduct further tests using different types of laboratory test equipment & procedures.
They track individual patients' status by observing trends or shifts in the results of the laboratory tests. They advise physicians about life threatening observations.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
A.S./B.S. QCC/York Dual/Joint Biotechnology
|Job Outlook:||Employment of medical technologists is expected to grow faster than average through. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests. Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of medical technologists, employment is expected also to grow rapidly in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and all other ambulatory healthcare services.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$30,000 to $37,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||The usual requirement for an entry level position as a medical technologist is a bachelor's degree in medical technology or one of the life sciences. An associate degree from a college or technical institute usually qualifies you for a position as an assistant or medical laboratory technician. Some states require that medical technologists be registered or licensed.|
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.