A medical technologist typically works in a hospital laboratory or a lab found in a clinic or research facility. A big part of their job is running tests that doctors use to make decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of patients. But a lot more goes into their work, too. So what would a hiring manager be looking for in a great medical technologist?
Proficiency in the lab.
Of course, a medical technologist will need to be proficient in the processes of the medical lab. With a background in subjects like chemistry and microbiology, they’ll run tests in the lab and conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, and other bodily fluids; prepare blood, plasma, and platelets for transfusions; count and identify blood cells; monitor drug therapies; and much more.
Knowledge of the tech.
Aside from the scientific and biological aspects of the job, a great medical technologist will be intimately familiar with, well… the technology. This individual will operate, maintain, and possibly repair all sorts of lab equipment — analyzers, spectrophotometers, colorimeters, and flame photometers, to name a few. They may also be responsible for maintaining laboratory inventory and anticipating needed supplies. And the medical technologist will use their technological and biological expertise by maintaining a safe and clean working environment and adhering to the necessary infection-control and hazardous waste protocols.
Plenty of flexibility.
For a medical technologist, no two days are ever quite the same. There are a variety of tests that might need to run on any given day, not to mention all sorts of other duties that the individual might be responsible for. And there are plenty of times when lab tests need to be rushed through, potentially disrupting the schedule. That’s why a high level of flexibility and adaptability are so important. The best medical technologists think on their feet and are prepared to switch gears at a moment’s notice if they need to.
Important soft skills.
Soft skills like good communication, multitasking ability, leadership skills, and the ability to work well as a part of a team are just as important for the medical technologists as the “hard” skills like laboratory techniques and medical knowledge. A hospital or medical facility just won’t function without staff members who have the people skills to make it all work.
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