What is it like to be a clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist?

I'm currently working on my B.S. in clinical laboratory science. I like to work in a lab and run tests and dislike working with the general public. Should I change my major to something else? How is the pay? the hours?

Asked By: Surf Forever - 7/14/2007
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It sounds like you're on the right career path for your personality. Most MT's are very intelligent, detailed-oriented people who prefer to not spend most of their time working with the public. That doesn't mean you're antisocial; you just prefer to focus on other things... More
Answered By: majormomma - 7/16/2007
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Sounds like the kind of job for you. I'm a med lab scientist and have worked in Australia and UK. It is a rewarding and interesting job. You'll need to be able to cover all sorts of shifts and on-call. Pay is quite reasonable. Even though you dislike working with the general public you will still need to be able to... More
Answered By: dave n - 7/14/2007
I left graduate school to pursue medical technology -- that was 10 years ago. I am an MT(ASCP) working primarily in the blood bank at a hospital. I have never regretted my decision to go into this field. No two days are ever the same... I've had days where there was very little bench work to be done and other days... More
Answered By: KaseyT33 - 7/16/2007
I've been doing this work for about 9 years now and it's great. It depends on what you enjoy. The most intriguing department MAY prove to be Microbiology because Biochemistry and Haemotology are very automated...Micro B's more "lab-like".
Answered By: thebigachiever - 7/18/2007
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