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A future in Medical Technology
By Amber Gragert
A medical technologist is also known as a clinical laboratory technologist who tests various types of bodily fluids and tissues looking for abnormalities in the samples. These highly trained professionals work in hospitals and independent laboratories using sophisticated procedures and equipment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, (BLS), "medical technologists analyze specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria, parasites, cancerous cells or other microorganisms". They also coordinate and find matches for healthy blood transfusions, as well as check blood levels for chemicals, drugs and other negative or potentially harmful substances. Additionally, medical technologists analyze and evaluate tests, enhance, create and change lab procedures for best results and services, as well as manage programs and procedures to ensure the accuracy and reliability of tests which brings confidence to others in the medical field and the patient themselves.
Medical technology has been around for many years. People continue to make inventions that help the medical field and change healthcare for the better. Did you know that one of the earliest innovations in medical technology was the magnifying glass? It was created for scientific purposes in 1250. Another interesting tidbit is that in 1895, x-rays were discovered and, of course, are used in hospitals and doctors’ offices throughout the world every day.
In order to treat a patient, doctors have to first determine what is wrong with them. Without medical technology, we would not be able to do even basic blood testing or be able to detect diseases such as cancer or diabetes. If these diseases went undiscovered in the human body, a lot more people would be sick in the world and life expectancy would be much lower as we would not be able to give people the correct medical treatment, they need in order to become well, much less survive long term.
The medical technology degree requires classes such as biology, mathematics, computer science and chemistry. People who enjoy studying living organisms and using a microscope would be a good fit in this field of study. A person in this field must be compassionate, detail oriented and have dexterity, stamina and technical skills, says the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A job in medical technology could be a very rewarding career. According to Genesis 1:1 God created every living organism, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Every small, complex organism is different from the next and you could have the opportunity to spend your adult life working up close and personal with the most fascinating part of science that God designed.
If you get a degree in medical technology, you could help people and study and test God’s living creation simultaneously. Medical technicians get the reward of knowing they are a part of health research, treatment and prevention of diseases.
There are a variety of work settings that medical technologists can work in. This includes clinics, public health institutions, hospitals, universities, independent laboratories or doctors’ offices.
If you have a passion for science and technology, as well as want to help people in healthcare, then a degree in medical technology is the right path for you.