Corporations couldn't keep up with all the new hires who get tested for drugs without the help of medical technologists. These healthcare professionals analyze bodily fluids and tissue samples to distinguish between normal and abnormal findings. They log the results of laboratory tests and maintain patient medical records. In hospitals, they also study also the shapes and numbers of blood cells before patients get transfusions. Medical technologists conduct their analyses by using cell counters, microscopes and automated equipment. Their salaries vary, depending on geographical location and experience.
Salary Between $55,000 and $60,000
Medical technologists earned an average salary of $59,460 a year as of May 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those in the top 10 percent made more than $80,820 annually. The minimum educational requirement for this job is a bachelor's degree in medical technology or one of the life sciences, such as microbiology or biology. Some states require medical technologists to take and pass licensing exams. Other essential requirements are technological ability, attention to detail, physical stamina and dexterity.
High Earnings In Specialty Hospitals
In 2013, medical technologists earned the highest salary of $65,200 a year in specialty hospitals, which includes cancer hospitals or cardiac units. They made $63,930 per year working for the federal government, the BLS says. Two examples of federal government agencies that employ medical technologists are the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. General medical and surgical hospitals paid medical technologists $60,230 a year, while those employed at medical and diagnostic laboratories averaged $59,250 a year. These laboratory specialists earned $55,810 a year working in physicians' offices.
Top Pay in California
California employers paid medical technologists an average $79,710 a year, according to 2013 BLS data, which was the highest salary among the states listed. They made $70,110, $65,930 and $57,080 per year in Connecticut, New Jersey and Texas, respectively. Medical technologists averaged $56,730 a year in Florida, while those in Pennsylvania earned $55,290 a year. Michigan medical technologists made $54,810 a year, and those in South Carolina earned the least at $44,930 a year.
Average Job Outlook
The BLS expects jobs for medical and clinical laboratory technologists to increase 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is statistically about as fast as the 11 percent rate for all U.S. occupations. Population increases among senior Americans, who need more diagnoses for diabetes and cancer, will spur job growth for medical technologists. Federal health laws, which will increase the number of people who are insured, should also have a positive effect on these laboratory workers.