What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Collects and analyzes samples of body fluids, tissues, and other substances for diagnostic and research purposes. Works in a laboratory or healthcare facility. May conduct a variety of tests, or specialize in types of tests or types of substances; may examine cells for cancerous growth or collect and prepare blood for transfusions. Performs work similar to a medical laboratory technician, but usually conducts more complex procedures and tests.
There were 737 Medical Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 24088 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Laboratory Technologist industry, which includes the Medical Technologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Medical Technologist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,390.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,941.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Medical Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $51,026.
Education and Experience
Posted Medical Technologist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Medical Technologist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||74%|
|3 to 5 years||24%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Medical Technologist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Troubleshooting (22%)
- Communication Skills (22%)
- Problem Solving (10%)
- Preventive Maintenance (9%)
- Research (8%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Medical Technology (35%)
- Quality Assurance and Control (33%)
- Laboratory Testing (21%)
- Patient Care (20%)
- Catheterization Laboratory (CATH LAB) (12%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Chemistry (14%)
- Life Support (9%)
- Scheduling (8%)
- Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) (8%)
- Siemens Nixdorf Hardware (7%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Pathology (7%)
- Specimen Collection (6%)
- Sterile Procedures / Techniques (5%)
- Phlebotomy (4%)
- Clinical Pathology (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Tissue Preparation (2%) – marginal value $3,787
- Flow Cytometry (2%) – marginal value $3,638
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Medical Technologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Travel Medical Technologist
- Travel Cath Laboratory Technologist
- Travel Medical Technologist In
- Travel Interventional Radiologic Technologist/Cath Laboratory Technologist
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Blood Bank Technologist
- Microbiology Medical Technologist
- Clinical Laboratory Specialist
- Pathology Technologist
- Pathology Laboratory Technician
- Clinical Laboratory Technician
Here are the employers that have posted the most Medical Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Siemens (1803)
- Aya Healthcare (847)
- Hospital Corporation of America (666)
- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (586)
- Laboratory Corporation of America (284)
- Atrium Health Navicent (114)
- Laboratory Corporation of America (83)
- UNC Health Care System (60)
- Siemens (47)
- Atriumhealth (30)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!