Most certified/registered medical technologists are employed in the clinical laboratories of hospitals. Other opportunities exist in the following areas:
- Clinics and Hospitals
- Physicians' Offices
- Pharmaceutical Industry
- Industry in General
- Public Health
- Armed Forces
- Research and Development
- College/University Teaching
Employment opportunities are good for medical technologists. Salaries vary depending on a number of factors. Starting salaries for the registered/certified medical technologist employed in a hospital in the Mid-West is ~$32,000.
Continuing and Graduate Education
The rapid, exponential expansion of scientific knowledge, including medical knowledge, makes it imperative that the medical technologist take advantage of continuing education opportunities. In addition, to self-study, various professional organizations such as ASCP, ASMT, and others, conduct short courses on new developments in clinical laboratory science. Other opportunities are found in short courses, workshops, etc. conducted by colleges and universities, and by manufacturers of clinical laboratory equipment.
All universities that have complete graduate schools have advanced degree programs in areas such as biochemistry, bacteriology, virology, immunology, physiology, molecular biology, etc., that are directly pertinent to medical technology. For more detailed information, the student can contact:
American Society for Medical Technology
330 Meadow Fern
Houston, TX 77067
Clinical programs vary in their policies regarding the acceptance of foreign students. Some programs will accept only students who hold U.S.A. citizenship. Some programs will accept foreign students, providing they are here on immigrant status. Many programs will not accept non-immigrant foreign students. Those who do, will insist that the student be facile in verbal and written English as a condition of acceptance.
Alternatives Students Not Admitted to a Clinical Program
Admittance to clinical programs is competitive and the completion of the three years of pre-clinical work does not guarantee admission to clinical study. In the event of unsuccessful application, the student should, by all means, return for his/her senior year and complete the baccalaureate program. The most convenient majors are Biology, Chemistry or Interdisciplinary Studies.
The student should also re-apply to clinical programs of interest early in the senior year. As is stated earlier in this document, extra weight is given to the application of a student who will hold the baccalaureate degree before entering the clinical program; however the holding of the degree does not guarantee admission.