Medical research in the twentieth century mostly takes place in the lab; in the Renaissance, though, researchers went first and foremost to the library to see what the ancients had said - Peter Lewis Allen
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Anyone who works in the medical industry will attest to the value of well trained, skilled technicians. They run million dollar sophisticated equipment, perform vital tests and procedures and interact with patients on a daily basis.
But, "Don't expect to see clinical laboratory technicians playing a leading role on popular hospital TV dramas such as Grey's Anatomy or House anytime soon. Leave the spotlight to trauma doctors and snazzy surgeons because clinical lab technicians are content with working hard behind the scenes. Serving as an important cog in the elaborate framework that is the modern hospital or clinic, they conduct the crucial tests and analyses that physicians use to make their diagnoses.
More complex procedures are reserved for clinical laboratory technologists, who must possess a bachelor's degree. Technicians, who must hold at least an associate's degree, often work under the supervision of technologists."
Source: Clinical Laboratory Technician, U.S.News & World Report
"Med techs have a lot of options besides the hospital. They can work in clinics, industries, blood centers, public health, research, pharmaceutical companies and crime labs. If you watch CSI, that's what we do.
It's challenging and involves a lot of problem-solving. Every day there is something different. I really feel like my daily job has an immediate impact on the care of the patient. There are a lot of opportunities to grow and develop within the career. It's never the same. There's always something new. Things develop so fast that it's really exciting. You have to love change." Source: All In A Day's Work: Medical Technologist, StarTribune, April 2, 2008.
Medical technician or technologist. Which one works for you?
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