Medical Technology/ Clinical Laboratory Studies
Medical technologists play a critical role in patient care, providing key laboratory data for the diagnosis of diseases, management of patient therapy and health maintenance. They perform complicated chemical, biological, hematological, microscopic and bacteriological tests. For example, medical technologists microscopically examine blood and other body fluids, make cultures of fluid or tissue samples, use computers to verify and organize lab data, and analyze the samples for chemical content or reaction. They require skills in using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, as well as excellent organizational, problem solving and communication skills.
Clinical laboratory science professionals are invaluable members of the health care team. They provide important laboratory information to assist physicians in diagnosing and treating patients, and monitoring and preventing disease. Clinical laboratory science professionals have an extensive theoretical knowledge base. They not only perform laboratory procedures involving very sophisticated analyses, but also evaluate and interpret results, integrate data, problem solve, consult, conduct research and develop new test methods.
Visit the US Department of Labor's O*NET Resource Center, the nation's primary source of career information, to learn important information such as work related skills, abilities, wages and employment trends about the following careers that Medical Technology and Clinical Laboratory Science majors may pursue:
- Hospital Administrator
- Lab Technician
- Medical Researcher
- Medical Supply Company Director
- Pharmaceutical Sales Representative