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Medical Technologist

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.

Job Outlook

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:

Salary

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.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $57,390.

State

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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree20%
Bachelor's Degree66%
Master's Degree3%
Doctoral Degree1%
Other10%

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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years74%
3 to 5 years24%
6 to 8 years2%
9+ years1%

Skills

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.

Baseline Skills

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%)

Defining Skills

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%)

Necessary Skills

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%)

Distinguishing Skills

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

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Medical Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Siemens (1803)
  • Aya Healthcare (847)
  • Hospital Corporation of America (666)
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (586)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (284)

North Carolina

  • 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!