Medical Laboratory Technician Salaries

What is the average medical technician salary?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average medical technician salary in 2008 was $35,380 per year or $17.01 hourly. This profession is expected to grow at a much quicker pace than average through the years 2006-2016, according to the BLS. There are an additional 46,000 employees needed nationwide in this field through that ten year time period. The middle percentile during that time was between $26,000 and $41,000.

What types of skills do individuals need to be a good fit for this profession?

To succeed in this field, it is important to have solid accounting, word processing, and spreadsheet software skills. Medical technicians use accounting software to perform lab billing duties and medical software to document records. Effective communication and customer service skills are also important in both working with patients as well as working with other lab personnel. Paying close attention to detail and being able to multitask are also essential skills for this line of work.

Steps to become a Medical Technician

The following are to the most direct route to enter this field that provides the practitioner with the necessary credentials to be marketable.

  1. Take chemistry and biology courses in high school.
  2. Upon graduating from high school enroll in a medical technician degree program (most are associate’s level and take two years to complete).
  3. Sit for the American Society for Clinical Pathologists national certification exam to earn an MLT credential.
  4. Look for a job in this rewarding field.
  5. Maintain the necessary continuing education units to renew certification every three years.

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            Keiser University Campus , Fort Lauderdale
            • Ranked among the Best Colleges in the South in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Ranked the 13th  Best College for Veterans in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • A private institution founded in 1977 with a current total undergraduate enrollment of over 15,00.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 11:1, and 89.3% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has students attend one class at a time to ensure easy access to faculty and a more hands-on education.
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            ECPI University , Charlotte
            • Named a Best for Vets school by the Military Times in 2014.
            • Has specialized in student-centered technology, business, criminal justice, health science, and culinary education for over 45 years.
            • Makes it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in 2.5 years or an associate’s in 1.5 years by providing a year-round schedule.
            • Offers externships and clinical experience that help students prepare for life after they graduate.
            • Has 10 campuses across the mid-Atlantic, plus online degree programs.
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            Argosy University , Saint Paul
            • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
            • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
            • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
            • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
            • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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            Fortis Institute , Cookeville
            • Provides a 24/7 myCampusLink system that lets students access their records, e-mail, communicate with faculty, and more.
            • Designated a 2014 Military Friendly School by Victory Media.
            • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
            • Offers career education in nursing, dental, business, information technology, and more. 
            • Has 44 campus locations across 15 states, with online options as well.
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            • Guarantees flat-rate tuition for students who stay continuously enrolled.
            • Offers a four-day class schedule, leaving Fridays open.
            • Founding member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) in 1912.
            • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
            • Has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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