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Medical technologists play an active role in healthcare by performing a wide variety of laboratory tests on body fluids and tissues in order to determine the presence or absence of disease, monitor a patient's response to therapy and/or aid in the prevention of illness and maintenance of health. These tests encompass many areas, including clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, clinical urinology, immunology, immunohematology, and more. The results of these tests are used in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical technologists use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests simultaneously, as well as microscopes, cell counters, and other sophisticated laboratory equipment. Medical technologists are involved in all aspects of clinical laboratory testing including: performing the tests, maintenance and troubleshooting of instruments, quality control, and evaluating/developing new tests.

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Employment opportunities in the medical technology field are excellent, with opportunities available in hospital laboratories, commercial reference laboratories, private laboratories, public health laboratories, clinics, and research centers. Industry also offers opportunity in the area of sales, public relations, and in research and development. Like all scientific fields, there is the option of continued academic specialization through the pursuit of an advanced degree, which in turn brings further employment opportunities and benefits.

For more information, visit CSU's Biology Department's website

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