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Medical Laboratory Technology Careers

 
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Employment Opportunities

Earning an associate degree as an MLT can serve as a stepping stone to earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or other allied health fields that require a bachelor’s degree. Employment opportunities include working in:

  • blood centers and blood banks
  • clinics
  • companies in the health care sector
  • hospitals
  • laboratories
  • physicians’ offices
  • regulatory agencies
  • research laboratories
  • sales for the health care industry

Job Skills and Abilities

Skills that make a good medical technician or technologist include:

  • aptitude for science
  • good analytical judgment
  • ability to work under pressure with precision and accuracy
  • close attention to detail
  • excellent computer skills
  • ability to follow written and verbal directions closely
  • good manual dexterity

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career Infonet, these occupations offer the following median salaries and projected job growth across the nation, though salaries tend to be higher in Texas.

Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information is available from Medical Laboratory Technology faculty and staff.

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2020
Medical and clinical lab technicians $16.03 $33,300 +23%
Medical and clinical lab technologists $25.94 $54,000 +20%