Does Medical Technology have a positive outlook within the next 4-5 years?

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Manowar in Greensboro, North Carolina

67 months ago

I am a freshman in college who is planning to complete a degree in Medical Technology within the next 4 years. I was wondering what kind of advances will come into the field. Ive been hearing a lot of negative comments about lack of regulation and low pay in the field, however I really like the fact that there is great job security. My ultimate goal is to try to become a doctor or atleast a PA and so I was thinking if that doesn't fall through maybe I could live off of this career, however im starting to second guess myself. If anyone knows whether or not some of these issues will be cleared up in the near future that would be great.

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daffy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

66 months ago

Well, i can't say much about CLS yet b/c i start the program next month. But i did some research on future plan for CLS and i think that the future looks good. Job security, high demand = salary increase and my personal favorite is the opening of new DCLS program. I have one word to describe all this "SWEET"

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CLS-student

66 months ago

I am going to apply for the DCLS program once I graduate.

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daffy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

66 months ago

CLS-student said: I am going to apply for the DCLS program once I graduate.

Me too. Its either DCLS or PharmD school for me

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Tina Markov in Camillus, New York

65 months ago

www.careercornerstone.org/medtech/clinlabtech/clinlabtech.htm

No profession has ideal situation right now, and future forecasts do not predict the future really, so you know, you never know what life will bring, but not everything is accident in life.

Maybe you just have to stick with your interests and be flexible in your plans.

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ANGRYWOLF in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

65 months ago

I don't think it looks good.
Automation will reduce the number of people needed in the lab.
Health care reform will reduce the salaries.
There will be fewer positions and fewer people competing for them because of the pressure on hospitals and schools to close their lab schools to save money...so increased competition for far fewer positions.
It's not a particular good field to be in anyway due to low pay and lack of esteem /respect from others in the health care field.

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MT in Fenton, Michigan

65 months ago

one advice...don't do it. There is no moving up the ladder like in nursing etc. Maybe for a dollar more you can be senior tech but most hospitals eliminated that title to save a buck. Go with nursing unless you want to become a MD than yes go for MT it helps you how to read labresults.

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daffy in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

65 months ago

MT in Fenton, Michigan said: one advice...don't do it. There is no moving up the ladder like in nursing etc. Maybe for a dollar more you can be senior tech but most hospitals eliminated that title to save a buck. Go with nursing unless you want to become a MD than yes go for MT it helps you how to read labresults.

I know you have your reasons to say that but don't you think with the NCA/ASCP merged we have a positive outlook? I believe that once everyone get on board with this new organization we will start to see positive changes

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CLS48 in California

65 months ago

Don't go for nursing unless you like wiping crap. The merging of organizations should help. I do think the pay should increase in other states to make it comparable to CA.

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longhauler1 in Muskogee, Oklahoma

64 months ago

I am a 45 year old woman who has made the choice to seek a BS in the field of medical technology. I have been searching information on how this field pays and how secure a position one can obtain while having a degree as an M.T. I really thought that most medical techs made very good money.
Also, I'd appreciate so much if someone would comment on the details of their duties as an M T. I need some encouragement here. I haven't read a lot of positive feedback from this site. or any other site as well. Thanks!

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Ummm in Stevens Point, Wisconsin

64 months ago

It is a VERY difficult degree to earn and includes a 6-9 month UNPAID internship at a hospital. Before you enroll, be sure and tour every single hospital lab you can...also, have heard hospitals are moving toward A.S. MLT's to save money....hospitals are always into saving money, btw. Also, you usually have to start out on third shift...ps: do not listen to anyone who tries to talk you into this field if they stand to gain a benefit from your enrollment. Only go into it if you absolutely love clinical lab work

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MT(ASCP) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

63 months ago

longhauler1 in Muskogee, Oklahoma said: I am a 45 year old woman who has made the choice to seek a BS in the field of medical technology. I have been searching information on how this field pays and how secure a position one can obtain while having a degree as an M.T. I really thought that most medical techs made very good money.
Also, I'd appreciate so much if someone would comment on the details of their duties as an M T. I need some encouragement here. I haven't read a lot of positive feedback from this site. or any other site as well. Thanks!

TO ALL CONSIDERING THIS CAREER: If you like working for nothing, no advancement, all other areas of the hospital will disrepect you. The majority of Med Techs are divorced, the stress is incredible, the women are bitches and only bitches get promoted(sorry, its the only word that fits).

My recommendation,(RUN FAST, RUN FAR, this profession is the antichrist)

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ANGRYWOLF in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

63 months ago

Larry in Richardson, Texas said: Yea the women are generally c*nts, there is this one I wish death upon.

Really Larry ?

Not a good thing for you....

Of course there are selfish people in all fields and bad managers/supervisors in all fields..and I have had what seemed at times more than my fair share...

I trust that God/fate/destiny will take care of their evil..and I let the matter rest..and don't dwell upon those people..
I hope you and others who have faced such adversities will do the same...

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Morgan in Punta Gorda, Florida

49 months ago

MT in Fenton, Michigan said: one advice...don't do it. There is no moving up the ladder like in nursing etc. Maybe for a dollar more you can be senior tech but most hospitals eliminated that title to save a buck. Go with nursing unless you want to become a MD than yes go for MT it helps you how to read labresults.

But once in nursing, you are only in nursing. It has its limitations as well. With CLS you can move in PA or go to medical school if the program you choose has solid foundations for this. Many do. You can also work in Veterinary Medical Technology with a CLS certificate. The pay is less, than with humans, but it is still a job opportunity.

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unknown in Antelope, California

49 months ago

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Michelle in Mesa, Arizona

49 months ago

I am also going into Medical Radiography and could give a rats A$$ about what people are saying here and in online forums and what not. By 2014 the forecast for Med. Tech's is going to increase and there will be a huge need for them. This is according to statistics. Any how I am on a waiting list and have been for 2 years now and would be pleased if all you bitching complainers dropped off the list to speed up my acceptance into the program!! Thanks.

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SuperRatMan in Mechanicsville, Virginia

48 months ago

I'm just now finishing my clinical rotations in my current MT program. Unfortunately, what many on here have already said rings true. People are generally unhappy and complain constantly about their pay, the lack of respect and lack of options for advancement. The job market has been and will be in demand for MTs but it is a dangerous assumption to think that your pay will increase with the demand. With MLTs performing the exact same job for less money, MTs will never make what they should (No offense to MLTs, excellent and capable workers but they limit MT pay).

If I was giving advice to a good friend, I would recommend staying away from this field. The money isn't horrible but the lack of respect is what gets me. I applied to PA school and am not looking back. Good luck with your decisions.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

Be very careful of what you read. There are many exaggerations on these forums. The truth of the matter is that the pay is not as good as pharmacy or nursing, and when you look at base pay rate they are right.

If you are a medical technologist in Chicago, your median pay is 60,000 per year. Without a minute of overtime factored in I made 56,000 this year (3 years out of college). Add on overtime and I made 62,000 this year. I work in a place where most of the workers are on target to retire in the next 5 years. Overtime is nearly unlimited already, and future overtime oppurtunities are promising. Next year I am projected to make $67,000-$72,000, and that's if I work about 6-8 hours of overtime per week.

I say when most Americans are just crawling to find a job, and when you think about how much you're making, and if you just work just a few more hours a week, YOU BANK.

The problem with the people on these forums is that they complain and moan. There are countless oppurtunities to make more money in this profession right now, and it really just requires more work. Will wages go up in the next 5 years? Of course, they have to. Maybe they won't skyrocket the way I want, but they certainly won't stay 3% a year. The job market will become more competitive. Offers more lucrative. Do you think my workplace likes paying me the overtime? NO! LOL... They complain about it ALL OF THE TIME. Remember something has to give. Only a fool would think otherwise.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

Also, if you become complacent on the bench---that's another major issue. Do more work. Put in a little extra effort. It can go a LONG way.

Pay scales Chicago IL (SALARY.COM 2009)

Medical Laboratory Scientist (ASCP) 55-65k
Technical Specialist 64-74k
Laboratory Supervisor 76k-88k
Laboratory Manager 89k-109k

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Bailey10 in Phoenix

48 months ago

How much do lab technicians generally get paid?

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ChocolateAgar in Birmingham, Alabama

48 months ago

Lab tech as in mlt?
$13-18

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

Payscale is slightly higher in urban/suburban Illinois. Expect to make $16-$24 an hour if you are MLT depending on your experience.

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Bailey10 in Phoenix

48 months ago

Does anyone know if Phoenix College has a waiting list for the Lab Technician program?

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kkjayhawk in Irving, Texas

48 months ago

anonymous in Chicago, Illinois said: Be very careful of what you read. There are many exaggerations on these forums. The truth of the matter is that the pay is not as good as pharmacy or nursing, and when you look at base pay rate they are right.

If you are a medical technologist in Chicago, your median pay is 60,000 per year. Without a minute of overtime factored in I made 56,000 this year (3 years out of college). Add on overtime and I made 62,000 this year. I work in a place where most of the workers are on target to retire in the next 5 years. Overtime is nearly unlimited already, and future overtime oppurtunities are promising. Next year I am projected to make $67,000-$72,000, and that's if I work about 6-8 hours of overtime per week.

I say when most Americans are just crawling to find a job, and when you think about how much you're making, and if you just work just a few more hours a week, YOU BANK.

The problem with the people on these forums is that they complain and moan. There are countless oppurtunities to make more money in this profession right now, and it really just requires more work. Will wages go up in the next 5 years? Of course, they have to. Maybe they won't skyrocket the way I want, but they certainly won't stay 3% a year. The job market will become more competitive. Offers more lucrative. Do you think my workplace likes paying me the overtime? NO! LOL... They complain about it ALL OF THE TIME. Remember something has to give. Only a fool would think otherwise.

i just would like to know what the opportunities are like over there for someone with a BA degree in biology i have worked as a med tech while still in college at quest,i graduated in 08 so i kinda have expewrience, but i can't work for less than 50k coz it beats the purpose, need to pay my University of Kansas student loans, very ready to move if thats what it takes

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kkjayhawk in Irving, Texas

48 months ago

fresh out of college with a b. a degree in human biology, concentration biology, what are the job opportunities out there for my field? anyone?

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kkjayhawk in Irving, Texas

48 months ago

help please ans me

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kkjayhawk in Irving, Texas

48 months ago

got a job offer at frito lay - plano tx working in the fast lab, what is the pay anyone? I have a biology degree and 2 years experience. job title is quality laboratory technician for the fast lab.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

kkjayhawk in Irving, Texas said: got a job offer at frito lay - plano tx working in the fast lab, what is the pay anyone? I have a biology degree and 2 years experience. job title is quality laboratory technician for the fast lab.

Laboratory Scientist and Laboratory Technologist is greater pay than Laboratory technician. Uncertified techs make less than certified technologists.

I would expect to make $18-22 starting off with 2 years of experience if I were you.

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Larry in Richardson, Texas

48 months ago

Ten years ago...the best places in DFW for MT's were 7Up, Frito Lay, Dr. Pepper and TI. The starting pay was less but after 5 years the pay was about one and half times the pay for hospitals and private labs. They do not care about you keeping your CE's up to date and you join corp america...This was ten years ago. A lot of things have changed recently but if you keep your head down and stay busy I would think it's a good choice. Good luck.

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Dont do it in Sarasota, Florida

48 months ago

I dont see a positive outlook anytime soon. Im a recent gred and i cant tell you how much smoke people blow at you, promising a shortage that will force regualtion, respect, and higher wages. My lab is overstaffed, and looking at layoffs for the second year in a row. Im sure its not the norm, but i just wish i had become an RN. I would encourage anyone to do the same.

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anonymous in Chicago, Illinois

48 months ago

Dont do it in Sarasota, Florida said: I dont see a positive outlook anytime soon. Im a recent gred and i cant tell you how much smoke people blow at you, promising a shortage that will force regualtion, respect, and higher wages. My lab is overstaffed, and looking at layoffs for the second year in a row. Im sure its not the norm, but i just wish i had become an RN. I would encourage anyone to do the same.

I got 32 hours of overtime this week. And I feel like poop.

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Medical Technologist in Port Jefferson, New York

48 months ago

I am a Medical Technologist in NY but I don't think it is as bad as some of these people are saying. The increase of automation is true, however, people still need to run the machines and make sure they are working correctly. Just like every field and every job, there are people who don't work as hard as others and they are the ones that get promoted. Yes, when you first start you are making a decent salary but you will never make as much as a nurse or anyone else in the medical field. There are clearly not as many people going into this field anymore, which is good for those who are just starting out. There always will be a job for you somewhere even though it may not be your ideal one, but you will be able to find work.

If I was planning on going further with my education like being a doctor, however, I would not do this program. It is very hard and a lot of stress. The material may help you but your grades may be not be as good had you chose an easier program. There is a very long unpaid clinical rotation that you must finish to graduate too, but I believe that is the same with nursing as well.

You will end up feeling like a robot with this profession though, you are just working with machines and barely talking to anyone outside of your lab, unless you are in the Blood Bank.

It isn't as bad as everyone on this board says it is. It is a job like any other field. Climbing the corporate ladder is hard, since there are not that many positions to be filled and most people have been in the field for years but again, those people will be retiring soon and not many people new are coming into the field. Of course, they don't make much more and you will probably never see over 100k per year unless you are a lab director but basically unless you are a pharmacist that is true with any of the medical field.

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MTMPH in Ventress, Louisiana

42 months ago

Manowar in Greensboro, North Carolina said: I am a freshman in college who is planning to complete a degree in Medical Technology within the next 4 years. I was wondering what kind of advances will come into the field. Ive been hearing a lot of negative comments about lack of regulation and low pay in the field, however I really like the fact that there is great job security. My ultimate goal is to try to become a doctor or atleast a PA and so I was thinking if that doesn't fall through maybe I could live off of this career, however im starting to second guess myself. If anyone knows whether or not some of these issues will be cleared up in the near future that would be great.

After 10 years as a MT, I can tell you like all jobs it has its pros and cons. Most employment will be in a hospital, which can have a very high stress load, awful schedule, low visibility and recognition, and a relatively flat career path.
I left the hospital for a small blood center. Less stress, more flexiblity, but I am unimpressed with the management and their standard of quality and safety. So, again. . . pro / con.

They have been promising job growth opportunities and greater pay commensurate with your education for about 20 years.
Myself and my coworker are seeking to leave the bench for radiology and education. Love the work but the job sucks.

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Crissy in Hattiesburg, Mississippi

42 months ago

The outlook is good if you are willing to put forth a little work and be more creative. Hospitals are not the only places you can work. There are opportunities for techs to work at places like the CDC, water authority plants, power plants, and manufacturing companies (Johnson&Johnson, Immucor, Horiba, etc). If you specialize, pick blood bank or microbiology because these are considered the more "complicated" areas to work in. Finding skilled blood bankers and microbiologists is hard. I have been a MT(ASCP) for 5 years and last year I got my SBB. I have been offered technical leader positions from several different STATES (NY, GA, CA, TX, etc). I decided not to take those positions and instead become a traveling tech for a while (good money by the way) to help enhance my skills and make myself more marketable. Like in all other careers, the retirement of baby boomers is causing a wave of openings. At my last job (600+ bed hospital), about 6 people (5 of which were technical leaders) retired within a year of each other so imagine how many doors that opened up for the younger techs! If you live in an area that doesn't offer many opportunities for advancement...MOVE. Find a place where laboratory workers are thriving. This is the American way. Job loyalty is a thing of the past no matter what field you choose.

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Bailey10 in Gilbert, Arizona

42 months ago

How hard or easy is it to find a job after you graduate? I've noticed for a lot people graduating in nursing or radiology are having a hard time finding jobs. Employers will usually want 2 years of experience. Is it just as hard to find a job as a Medical Technologist? Will employers always want two or more years of experience after you graduated?

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SoniaR.. in Gainesville, Florida

42 months ago

The VA hospital hires new graduates as long as you are a graduate from an accredited school with a bachelor in medical technology that includes a clinical rotation and have the national certification ASCP. The good thing is that he VA does not hires MLT as all only MT.Go to www.usajobs.gov

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SoniaR.. in Gainesville, Florida

42 months ago

The reality is that we need young people comming to this field.

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SoniaR.. in Gainesville, Florida

42 months ago

MTMPH in Ventress, Louisiana said: After 10 years as a MT, I can tell you like all jobs it has its pros and cons. Most employment will be in a hospital, which can have a very high stress load, awful schedule, low visibility and recognition, and a relatively flat career path.
I left the hospital for a small blood center. Less stress, more flexiblity, but I am unimpressed with the management and their standard of quality and safety. So, again. . . pro / con.

They have been promising job growth opportunities and greater pay commensurate with your education for about 20 years.
Myself and my coworker are seeking to leave the bench for radiology and education. Love the work but the job sucks.

Search the forums for radiography techs and you will see how many graduate and are not able to find jobs because the field is over saturate with new graduates.

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SoniaR.. in Gainesville, Florida

42 months ago

Bailey10 in Gilbert, Arizona said: How hard or easy is it to find a job after you graduate? I've noticed for a lot people graduating in nursing or radiology are having a hard time finding jobs. Employers will usually want 2 years of experience. Is it just as hard to find a job as a Medical Technologist? Will employers always want two or more years of experience after you graduated?

Not necesarily, I work for Veterans affairs and they are hiring new graduates because of the shortage.It is easier if you apply for second or third shift. And you will get more experience in all areas on those shifts where you rotate in all departments. During day shift you work only one area. I personally work the Blood Bank but when I first started 15 years ago I like that I got to work in every area of tha lab. My favorites are Blood Bank and Hematology.

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concerned in Georgetown, Guyana

40 months ago

I will really like to start hearing some positive advice in this field. I think MLS are being abused in hospitals. The amount or work and the risks that Medical Technologists take to do all sort of testing should be taking into consideration. We are being underpaid and practically invisible as workers.
They should start considering more post graduate courses to give encouragement to the youths studying and also to open doors for those who are already graduated.

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anon in Houston, Texas

34 months ago

I am a senior in a medical tech program right now and I will finish my clinical in another couple of months. Being in the actual hospital this year has taught me a lot about this field. I agree with one of the other posters above who stated that there are a lot of other opportunities besides working in the hospital and I would encourage you to explore them. I have not really enjoyed my clinical and I know some other people with similar experiences. This job has good security but in school it is a bit over hyped. The lab can be stressful and the people there are not making me think any better. I don't enjoy the atmosphere of attitude. I cannot fully explain it but some people are real B#tches in the lab. I would say that lab employees are low-mid level health care providers. A lot of the knowledge that you gain in school goes unused. You will not be diagnosing anyone. You will be timed on how fast you report your test results and trouble shoot machines and other mundane tasks. You will get written up if you miss one critical value or path review criteria even if you have been doing the job a long time with a good record. If someone does not like you they can make your life hard there. With all that said I still think that the field is OK and I love the actual work, just not what i'm seeing in the profession. And I don't think that the pay will rise significantly anytime soon. In my opinion

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BRIZZEL in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

34 months ago

I don't know if it is a regional thing or if a lot of people in these forums just hate life, but being a Medical Lab Scientist is great. It pays well, is low stress, interesting, and there are a lot of job opportunities out there. Things are becoming more automated, but the average age of a scientist is near retirement and people will always get sick. It may not be the same in other areas, but I'm in Southeastern Wisconsin and I don't know anyone over the last few years that hasn't gotten a job immediately after graduation. The work definitely isn't for everyone, and you will find that there are a lot of people that complain. I have seen that some people that go in to lab medicine are a little reclusive, socially awkward and simply whine a lot. That doesn't mean it's a bad job. I've had some really crummy jobs with bad pay and I can say that when you put it in perspective this job is just great. I can't count how many assistants at my lab have bachelors degrees in fields such as Biology, Zoology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Medical Microbiology, and there is even someone with a masters - These people make $11/hour as my assistant while I'm pulling down just shy of $80,000/yr with a full time job while moonlighting at another with only two years experience. These other degrees, at least in my area, are next to impossible to find a job in. My brother in law has been out of work for 3 years and has had to move to another state to try to find employment (which hasn't worked yet). I on the other hand have been graduated for only two years now, have been offered 4 jobs and was recently talked to about taking another. Job prospects around here are great as long as you work hard, apply yourself, and realize how good you really have it as a Lab Scientist.

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John Sharpe in Sherburne, New York

34 months ago

Wow. I'm coming to Wisconsin! That is not the reality here in NY.

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Me in Spring Hill, Tennessee

34 months ago

I agree, your role as a Med Tech gets over hyped in school, doctors very rarely ask your opinion on anything and if they do you are not allowed to really give one unless it has to do with the integrity of the sample. You lose probably 85% of what you learn in class because you never use it.
I got a job working at my clinical site as soon as I graduated and I've been here for about 4 years now. There are about 5 people here 60 and over and there are only 2 schools left that have a MT or MLT program in the middle TN area. I think in the next 5-10 years there are going to be a lot of spaces to fill with not enough new students to fill them. I already know some labs are working their techs to death and people are leaving those labs because it is so stressful.
It is true the first job you will get will probably be a 3rd shift position, that's what I had. Most of my class mates were in the same boat.
There are some good nurses, and there are some bad ones. The bad ones don't know what the heck they are doing but they treat Techs like we're stupid. I haven't had many problems from doctors.
Right out of college my starting salary was about $42,0000. We are no longer allowed to take overtime, so there's no opportunity to make more unless I work PRN somewhere. I don't think I want to work myself to death.

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Tyler in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

33 months ago

Hey Brizzel, I live in the Milwaukee area and am graduating with a degree in Biology this May. I am seriously considering going back to become an MT. Could I have your email to ask you a few questions since we are in the same area?

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michelle in Las Vegas, Nevada

28 months ago

I just graduated as a medical technologist and I'm having a hard time finding a job in Las Vegas. The ones that are hiring want 1 year work experience in addition to the 1 year rotations. I am so bummed. I may have to move out of state.

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Alen in New York, New York

28 months ago

michelle in Las Vegas, Nevada said: I just graduated as a medical technologist and I'm having a hard time finding a job in Las Vegas. The ones that are hiring want 1 year work experience in addition to the 1 year rotations. I am so bummed. I may have to move out of state.

Hey Michelle, sorry to hear that. Have you passed your ASCP yet?

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Alan in Saint Augustine, Florida

18 months ago

Hi I just wanted to weigh in on this topic. My past work experience seems very relevant to this conversation. I started college with the initial intent of becoming an Rn. After graduating high school I spent two years getting my associates as an RN. After spending a semester working as an RN it was clear this profession was not for me. The work environment was horrible, the burnout rate was upwards to 60% in the first year, your stress was through the roof, some work was degrading (like getting pulled to tech on another floor).

Yes the pay isn't quite what Rn is but I also can't remember the last time I came home crying (something not so uncommon for my Rn fiancée). Doctors treat you with limited respect (as opposed to total disregard in nursing or RT). Management doesn't throw you under the bus as often, the stress levels aren't as high, and I generally enjoy being in lab. The best part of lab is no patient contact!

"Okay Mr Rodgers I will have them take back this salad and exchange it for a cheese burger. Next we will have to check your blood sugar again and check on that gangrene"

My girlfriend makes $1 an hour more then me with the same level of experience. She will probably top out at 5-7000 more then me by the end of her career theoretically. Once my pay increases to a point we can both live off of it she will probably become prn or part time realistically though. I guess my point is that Rns do get paid a little better but with a huge cost.

Another point is this. If you are a social, professional, and responsible person you are very likely to be a step ahead of a lot of people in the lab. Most people there are pretty awkward and weird. This hurts you cause you have to work with them but helps you if you are competing against them.

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ENewalis in Onamia, Minnesota

12 months ago

Manowar in Greensboro, North Carolina said: I am a freshman in college who is planning to complete a degree in Medical Technology within the next 4 years. I was wondering what kind of advances will come into the field. Ive been hearing a lot of negative comments about lack of regulation and low pay in the field, however I really like the fact that there is great job security. My ultimate goal is to try to become a doctor or atleast a PA and so I was thinking if that doesn't fall through maybe I could live off of this career, however im starting to second guess myself. If anyone knows whether or not some of these issues will be cleared up in the near future that would be great.

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Pat in Glen Oaks, New York

12 months ago

Job itself is not bad, can be stressful. The stress tends to come from your coworkers or lab management (there's a reason a lot of people with zero social skills flock to the lab). You will hear a lot of gossip, backstabbing, and complaining. I don't think it's just a problem in the lab, it's probably endemic to hospital work in general. It's more laid back in a reference lab. The pay isn't bad for a new grad, but the salary is pretty stagnant over the years. It'll get boring and tedious overtime, I feel like I'm losing brain cells, but you can always find a new job every so often in a different department if you're looking for a challenge. Personally I would do nursing if I could go back. I'm thinking of switching to nursing now actually (more room for growth, more challenging, and knowledge you learned working in a lab will come in handy--true for PA school and med school as well. But yea, nursing is a better bet...think about all the options: RN in any unit of the hospital, Flight Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Anesthetist, Nurse Epidemiologist, Infection Control Nurse, IT Nurse, Teaching (also true for Medical Technologists but less programs with openings for professors) Good luck!

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