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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 for Texas:

Job Median Hourly Rate Median Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022
Medical and clinical lab technicians $16.70 $34,700 +37%
Medical and clinical lab technologists $26.87 $55,900 +23%