Career Opportunities for Majors in Medical Technology


Medical technology, also called clinical laboratory science, is an allied health profession. Medical technologists perform laboratory procedures which enable physicians to detect, diagnose and treat disease. These activities include the analysis of body fluids and cells, blood typing, micro-organism screening, cell counts, and chemical analyses. They often use sophisticated automated equipment and instruments that perform a number of tests simultaneously.

Technologists in small labs perform many types of tests while those in large labs often specialize. Those who analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids are called clinical chemistry technologists. Blood bank technologists collect, type and prepare blood for transfusion. Microbiology specialists examine and identify bacteria and parasites. Cytotechnologists have specialized training in the microscopic screening of cells for abnormalities.

Students typically spend three years on campus completing prerequisite coursework and a fourth year in a clinical internship at one of five approved hospitals. The academic requirements include successful completion ("C" or higher) of general, organic and quantitative chemistry, and general biology, genetics, microbiology and immunology.

Application to the clinical internship program is made in the fall semester of your junior year. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to be considered; entry is competitive. Satisfactory completion of the 50 week clinical internship leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Technology and eligibility to take various national certification exams.

A Sample Of Related Occupations

Analytical Chemist Cytotechnologist Microbiologist
Bacteriologist Food & Drug Inspector Parasitologist
Biochemist Hemotherapist Pharmaceutical Sales Rep.
Blood Bank Technologist Histologist Public Health Specialist
Chemist Medical Equipment Sales Rep. Quality Control Specialist
Clinical Chemistry Technologist Medical Laboratory Manager Research Asst.
Clinical Pathologist Medical Librarian Toxicologist
Crime Lab Analyst Medical Technologist

Types of Employers

Private & Nonprofit Organizations
Biotechnology Firms Diagnostic testing companies Medical equipment manufacturers
Blood banks Health Maintenance Organizations Pharmaceutical Companies
Clinics Hospitals Physician's offices
Colleges/Universities Laboratories
Government Agencies
Centers for Disease Control Department of State National Institutes of Health
Department of Health and Human Services Food and Drug Administration Peace Corps/AmeriCorps
Department of Justice NJ State Department of Health U.S. Armed Forces

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - First Jobs of Recent Graduates - Medical Technology

Organization Job Title
Psicor Office Laboratories CMP Operator
alley Hospital Medical Laboratory Technologist
Princeton Medical Center Medical Technician
Ciba-Geigy Pharmaceuticals Medical Technologist
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Technologist
St. Barnabas Medical Center Medical Technologist
South Plainfield High School Teacher
Polestar Labs, Inc. Technical Service/Support Rep
Holy Name Medical Center Medical Scientists

Jobs Obtained by Rutgers Graduates - Jobs of Experienced Alumni - Medical Technology

Hoffmann-La Roche Assistant Pharmacologist
Schering-Plough Research Institute (MS Biochemistry) Biochemist
Arden Hill Hospital Chief Medical Technologist
Norwalk Hospital Cytotechnologist
Blood Center of NJ Director of Technical Services
NJ State Police Forensic Chemist
Department of Health (MBA) Health Economics Research Specialist
General Hospital Center at Passaic Hematology Supervisor
Hughes Aircraft Co. Industrial Hygienist
Ortho Diagnostic Systems Inc. (MBA) Manager of Technical Services
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Graduate Schools Attended

Institution Degree Field
California College of Health Sciences Management
Fairleigh Dickinson University MS Biochemistry

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