Medical technologists work on the side of the hospital that isn’t commonly seen by patients. They run tests, processes samples, and provide information about patients' conditions to doctors. The typical day for a medical technologist includes receiving samples that have been collected from doctors and examining them under a microscope or other device. After the examination, the technologist makes a diagnosis based on the sample. The diagnosis is sent back to the requesting physician, and it is then used to determine what is wrong with a certain patient.
Although many employers prefer potential employees have a bachelor's degree in medical technology, sometimes a degree in another related field will suffice. Most individuals who work in the medical technology field have also received experience through college internships.
Medical Technologist Tasks
- Maintain accurate records.
- Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.
- Evaluate and interpret laboratory test results.
- Maintain laboratory and laboratory equipment.