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Research Medical Technologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes samples of body fluids, tissues, and other substances for diagnostic and research purposes. Works in a research laboratory or research hospital's laboratory. Perform complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriologic tests. Looks for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms, tests for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment.

Job Outlook

There were 2 Research Medical Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1175 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Research 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 $47,062.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $55,012.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Research Medical Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $39,665.

Education and Experience

Posted Research 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 Degree10%
Bachelor's Degree56%
Master's Degree24%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other8%

Posted Research 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 years46%
3 to 5 years43%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years2%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Research 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.

  • Research (93%)
  • Organizational Skills (31%)
  • Communication Skills (30%)
  • Detail-Oriented (21%)
  • Writing (20%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Experiments (46%)
  • Biology (33%)
  • Chemistry (27%)
  • Molecular Biology (24%)
  • Cell Culturing (15%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • DNA (16%)
  • Data Analysis (15%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (12%)
  • Data Entry (11%)
  • Western Blot (10%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Genetics (5%)
  • Laboratory Procedures (5%)
  • Cell Biology (4%)
  • Laboratory Research (4%)
  • Animal Models (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Research Technologist
  • Research Technologist II
  • Research Technologist I
  • Senior Research Technologist
  • Research And Development 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 Research Medical Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Pennsylvania State University (167)
  • Northwestern University (100)
  • Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (88)
  • Cleveland Clinic (43)
  • University of Chicago (41)

North Carolina

  • Laboratory Corporation of America (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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