Medical Laboratory Technologist Declared One of the Best Career in 2011

In the annual survey of U.S. News & World Report (USNWR) among high-demand careers, Medical Technologists (MT) are declared to be among the Top 50. The editors also declared how these professionals together with clinical laboratory scientists, are usually not acknowledge for the major contributions they offer in the health care industry.

Every year, USNWR publishes the result of “50 Best Careers” survey. For the past two consecutive years, Lab technicians are always included in the list. Clinical laboratory medical technologists, CLS and Medical laboratory technologists are categorized to be under the ‘Lab technician’ category. The report justified their claims of tagging this career on the A-list based on:

  1. Higher demands for medical technologists. Based on the Labor Department, workers needed on this field are rising about 16% between 2008 and 2018 which comprise the 25,000 additional jobs. The growth of the population needed to man this career has been rising than the predicted average rate.
  2. Higher job compensation offered. Last 2009, the median annual pay for MT’s rose up to $36,030. Professionals on the supervising position and top-paid brackets were receiving as much as $55,210.
  3. Ideal job description and environment. Although, hefty patient loads and changing regulatory issues may require an MT to do some serious job performance, the stress level of this job compared to a nurse or physician is quite lower. In addition, the working environment is clean, quite and well lighted.
  4. Cheaper cost of education. One of the highlight of this career is how lower the education cost is when compared to other medical courses. To be qualified for an entry-level position, one need either an associate’s degree or a complete certificate program. The skills are mastered in the actual job performance.

More job Opportunities for Medical Technologists in the Coming Years

The most recent available projection on the job growth from the Labor Department is still 16% between 2008 and 2018. This report has been narrowed down from the list of occupations that are expected to add jobs at an above-average rate over the next years. Furthermore, job opportunities for Medical Technologists will crank up openings due to impending retirement and increasing number of laboratory establishments.

However, not all of these opportunities may offer sky-high income. But it is predicted that the compensation would be slightly higher than the average median annual salary. The demand for technical healthcare position is not only predicted to rise in America. It also is predicted to crank up openings in Canada and around the globe. Recently, serious shortages on skilled technical employees in all areas of health care have been reported on four continents. The selection of this career among the A-list jobs worldwide gives assurance that the increase job opportunities for MT’s is would push through over the next decade.


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Daisy Jane Antipuesto RN MN

Currently a Nursing Local Board Examination Reviewer. Subjects handled are Pediatric, Obstetric and Psychiatric Nursing. Previous work experiences include: Clinical instructor/lecturer, clinical coordinator (Level II), caregiver instructor/lecturer, NC2 examination reviewer and staff/clinic nurse. Areas of specialization: Emergency room, Orthopedic Ward and Delivery Room. Also an IELTS passer.

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