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Microbiology Medical Technologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes specimens of body fluids, tissues, and other substances to detect and identify infections or diseases. Sets up specimen for testing, observes growth or changes in the testing that may indicate presence of infection or disease. May specialize in one area, including bacteriology, mycology, virology or parasitology.

Job Outlook

There were 115 Microbiology Medical Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8376 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Laboratory Technologist industry, which includes the Microbiology Medical Technologist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Microbiology 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 $57,975.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,168.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Microbiology Medical Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,806.

Education and Experience

Posted Microbiology 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 Degree34%
Bachelor's Degree55%
Master's Degree6%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other4%

Posted Microbiology 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 years73%
3 to 5 years14%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years12%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Microbiology 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 (27%)
  • Research (21%)
  • Problem Solving (14%)
  • Preventive Maintenance (13%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (13%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Microbiology (99%)
  • Chemistry (70%)
  • Medical Technology (67%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (65%)
  • Immunology (39%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Customer Service (20%)
  • Occupational Health and Safety (20%)
  • Laboratory Equipment (19%)
  • Toxicology (19%)
  • Clinical Experience (18%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Transfusion (5%)
  • Flow Cytometry (3%)
  • Parasitology (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Microbiology Medical Technologist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist
  • Travel Medical Laboratory Technologist Mlt
  • Medical Technologist - Microbiology
  • 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 Microbiology Medical Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (1204)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (603)
  • Hospital Corporation of America (266)
  • Adventhealth (255)
  • Asante (138)

North Carolina

  • Department of Veterans Affairs (24)
  • LifePoint Health (14)
  • Laboratory Corporation of America (7)
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (5)
  • Novant Health (5)

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!