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