Medical Technologist Career in Georgia
Steps to Becoming a Medical Technologist in Georgia
If being a Medical Technologist (sometimes referred to as a Med Tech), also known as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, appeals to you, consider the State of Georgia. Nicknamed the “Peach State,” Georgia’s population has grown at the rate of 100,000 residents per year, placing it among America’s top-10 fastest growing states (source: www.georgia.org). As reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (May 2008), Georgia’s Medical Technologists earned an average statewide salary of $51,040. And, in larger urban area of Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta this figure increased to $54,260 per annum.
Offering plenty of natural scenic beauty, a temperate year-round and truly “four-season” climate (minus the snow, of course), a rich cultural scene and a vibrant health care economy that includes more than 188 specialized medical facilities, Georgia lives up to its nickname. For Med Techs, Georgia truly is a “peach” of a place to live and work.
According to the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Georgia is one of 14 U.S. states and territories that currently require a license to work as a Medical Technologist. Actually, the license, issued by the Georgia Department of Human Resources’ Office of Regulatory Services, applies to clinical laboratories in hospitals, medical clinics, private sector research companies and public health agencies. These licensed facilities are required to provide information about their technical laboratory personnel that includes degree, field of major study, professional certification and years of experience.
Anyone interested in hiring you as a Medical Technologist will expect that you be certified by either the ASCP or the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel (NCALP) to demonstrate that you have the necessary skills and professional training to practice your art at the level they expect.
Before beginning Georgia Medial Technologist careers, you’ll need to earn a four-year undergraduate degree from a school or program that is nationally accredited by a recognized organization such as the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). This will qualify you to sit for the certification exam offered by either the ASCP or the NCALP. Passing this test will give you the needed “door-opening” credential of Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).