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Medical technologists assist in diagnosing and treating disease by applying scientific knowledge and skill to the supervision and accurate performance of complex laboratory, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Career opportunities exist for medical technologists in hospitals, private clinics, pharmaceutical research, government and industry. The professional curriculum usually includes courses in hematology, clinical chemistry, microbiology, immunology and immunohematology (blood banking).
Students interested in pursuing a career in Medical Technology begin their studies at UMBC by following our Pre-Medical Technology curriculum, which is approximately 76 credits, depending on the professional school to which they plan to apply. Students may choose to complete their pre-requisites at UMBC and then apply directly to a Medical Technology program. Most Medical Technology programs at the baccalaureate level are two years, leading to a Bachelor's of Science (BS) degree. The majority of UMBC's Pre-Medical Technology students enter the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Program in Medical and Research Technology.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Technologists is expected to grow by 14 percent from 2008 to 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wages of Medical Technologists were $53,500 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,560 and $63,420.
(Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited May 23, 2013).)