What can I do with a Major in....Medical Technology?
Individuals majoring in Medical Technology draw on biomedical sciences, computer science and communications in their roles in the laboratory in areas such as microbiology and immunology.
Before you begin to look at the different types of opportunities available to Medical Technology majors, you must look at yourself and ask yourself a few basic questions:
What am I good at?
Understand your major strengths, skills and accomplishments. Some examples of skills and qualities employers look for are:
Attention to detail
Ability to work under stress
Organization and planning
What do I like to do?
Examine your interests. What kind of life style do I want to lead? Examine your values...is money what you're after, job security, challenging work?
If you are having trouble answering these questions, you are not alone. Make an appointment with an advisor in the Career Center. We want to help you!
Once you know yourself, you are ready to decide where and how you want to apply this knowledge.
A bachelor's degree in Medical Technology and the appropriate skills and/or experience can lead to positions in:
Bone and skin grafting
Drug research & development
Infection control, etc.
Experience in the field or an advanced degree could lead to certain positions in:
For information on graduate schools, consult Peterson's.
Typical places of employment are:
Health maintenance organizations
Federal, state and local government
Industrial medical labs
To help you decide which area to pursue you must do in-depth research into each area of specialization and/or industry you have an interest in.
Medical Technology Career and Job Resources on the Internet
Places to begin:
Join the Career Centers COACH Program
The Occupational Outlook Handbook
Talk to people in the field and to professors:
Ann Zero Catholic Medical Center 718-357-0500
St. Vincent's Hospital 212-604-8383
NY Methodist Hospital
Write to and/or join one of the following associations:
American Society for Clinical Lab Science (ASCLS) 7910 Woodmont Ave., Suite 530 Bethesda, MD 20814 (301) 657 - 2768 www.ascls.org
NY Department of Health Wadsworth Center for Research & Laboratory Evaluation Corning Tower Building, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12237 (518) 474 - 5370 www.health.state.ny.us
For additional lists of Associations, consult the Encyclopedia of Associations.