The medical technologist performs a full range of laboratory tests – from simple pre-marital blood tests to more complex tests to uncover diseases such as AIDS, diabetes, and cancer.
Medical technologists work quickly and carefully. The test results they give to doctors influence the medical treatment a patient receives.
Medical technologists are employed in hospitals, independent laboratories, clinics, and public health departments.
Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 22 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
Medical technologists need a combination of formal education (bachelor’s degree) plus clinical education in a medical technology program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603
American Medical Technologists
710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102