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(2 years college and 1 year training), histologic technician (1 year supervised training), and laboratory
assistant (1-year course after high school).
Lyn Hershfeld (seated ) of Hartford, Conn., and Judith Feldman
(standing) of Jericho, N.Y., are prepar ing a specimen for a laboratory test.
Both girls are medical technology students at
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and the right to wear the Registry insignia.

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Be a Member of the Team of health specialists.

WHAT IS A MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST?

WHAT DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS DO?

WHERE DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS WORK?

For the girl who
Iikes the atmosphere of the LA BORA TORY
is interested in SCIENCE ,
CURIOUS about the why and wherefore ,
PRECISE in her work,

The medical technologist is a laboratory worker.
As a member of the medical team, working with
pathologists and other physicians , she performs
chem ical , microscopic , bacteriological , and
other medical tests to aid physicians in the
diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Medical technologists are skilled in performing a great
variety of laboratory procedures. As a medical technologist you might:
• Draw blood from patients and examine it chemically
and microscopically
Culture bacteria to identify diseaseecausing
organisms
• Analyze the chemical composition of body fluids
and tissues
• Identify blood factors for transfusions
• Test serum for antibodies
• Trace cancer with radioactive isotopes

About two=thirds of all medical technologists work
in private or government hospital laboratories. Others
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are employed in doctors private laboratories, clinics .
public health departments, veterinary clinics ,
industria I med ica I laboratories, pharmaceutica I
houses , research institutions, and Federal Govern ment
agencies. Some hold administrative 1 supervisory or
teaching positions.

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MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY is a
Vital
Satisfying
Chai lenging profession

CAN A GIRL FIND SATISFACTION AS A
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST?
Yes , if she is
INTERESTED IN CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY,
ACCURATE , THOROUGH , AND RELIABLE ,
ABLE TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE,
Has MANUAL DEXTERITY,


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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

WHY DO GIRLS WANT TO BE
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS?
The work is stimulating, earnings are good, and
working conditions are pleasant. In 1967 , 85 percent
of all registered medical technologists were women.
Increasing demands for medica I technologists assure
exce Ilent employment opportunities for many years
to come.
ParMime opportunities are readily available, and
the trained medical technologist will find her
ski Ils in demand if she wants to return to work
after raising her family.

Mrs. Karen James passed the registry examination in medical
technology when her first child was 2 years old. Presently
employed full time in blood bank and hematology at Riverside
Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio , she expects to continue
on a part-time basis as her family responsibilities require more
of her time.

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Medical technologists must be able to handle delicate
laborritory equipment and to operate many special scien ~
tific instruments such as microscopes . cryostats . spectra~
photometers, automatic analyzers , and electronic eel I
counters.
Medical technologists who work in small laboratories usually perform many different types of tests, whereas those
in large laboratories often specialize in such fields as
blood banking, microbiology, nuclear laboratory medicine,
and other areas.
Miss Helen Janes, head of the Department of Microbiology, Veterans' Hospital, Vancouver, Wash., is a recent winner of the
Corning outstanding medical technologist award and represented
the United States at an International Congress of Medical Technologists in West Berlin. Active in numerous volunteer activities, Miss Janes also is working toward her doctorate degree.

WHAT DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS EARN?
A 1966 survey of registered med ica I technologists
indicated that more than half earned more than
$6 ,000 a year, while about one in four earned more
than $7 ,200. Salaries vary widely according to
geographic area. The Federal GovernmenC the
largest single employer of medical tec hnolog ists ,
hired newly graduated technolog ists at a minim um
annual salary of $5,565 in early 1968

Mrs. Phyllis Thornton , Educational Program Director , Freedmen's Hospital School of Medical Technology , Washington , D.C.,
finds enjoyment in working with her hands as well as her mind
and satisfaction in knowing that her work benefits people.
Here she is working in the laboratory with one of her students ,
Mr. Fred Hancock.

Be a Member of the Team of health specialists.

WHAT IS A MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST?

WHAT DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS DO?

WHERE DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS WORK?

For the girl who
Iikes the atmosphere of the LA BORA TORY
is interested in SCIENCE ,
CURIOUS about the why and wherefore ,
PRECISE in her work,

The medical technologist is a laboratory worker.
As a member of the medical team, working with
pathologists and other physicians , she performs
chem ical , microscopic , bacteriological , and
other medical tests to aid physicians in the
diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Medical technologists are skilled in performing a great
variety of laboratory procedures. As a medical technologist you might:
• Draw blood from patients and examine it chemically
and microscopically
Culture bacteria to identify diseaseecausing
organisms
• Analyze the chemical composition of body fluids
and tissues
• Identify blood factors for transfusions
• Test serum for antibodies
• Trace cancer with radioactive isotopes

About two=thirds of all medical technologists work
in private or government hospital laboratories. Others
1
are employed in doctors private laboratories, clinics .
public health departments, veterinary clinics ,
industria I med ica I laboratories, pharmaceutica I
houses , research institutions, and Federal Govern ment
agencies. Some hold administrative 1 supervisory or
teaching positions.

1

MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY is a
Vital
Satisfying
Chai lenging profession

CAN A GIRL FIND SATISFACTION AS A
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST?
Yes , if she is
INTERESTED IN CHEMISTRY AND BIOLOGY,
ACCURATE , THOROUGH , AND RELIABLE ,
ABLE TO WORK UNDER PRESSURE,
Has MANUAL DEXTERITY,

WHY DO GIRLS WANT TO BE
MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS?
The work is stimulating, earnings are good, and
working conditions are pleasant. In 1967 , 85 percent
of all registered medical technologists were women.
Increasing demands for medica I technologists assure
exce Ilent employment opportunities for many years
to come.
ParMime opportunities are readily available, and
the trained medical technologist will find her
ski Ils in demand if she wants to return to work
after raising her family.

Mrs. Karen James passed the registry examination in medical
technology when her first child was 2 years old. Presently
employed full time in blood bank and hematology at Riverside
Methodist Hospital in Columbus, Ohio , she expects to continue
on a part-time basis as her family responsibilities require more
of her time.

I

Medical technologists must be able to handle delicate
laborritory equipment and to operate many special scien ~
tific instruments such as microscopes . cryostats . spectra~
photometers, automatic analyzers , and electronic eel I
counters.
Medical technologists who work in small laboratories usually perform many different types of tests, whereas those
in large laboratories often specialize in such fields as
blood banking, microbiology, nuclear laboratory medicine,
and other areas.
Miss Helen Janes, head of the Department of Microbiology, Veterans' Hospital, Vancouver, Wash., is a recent winner of the
Corning outstanding medical technologist award and represented
the United States at an International Congress of Medical Technologists in West Berlin. Active in numerous volunteer activities, Miss Janes also is working toward her doctorate degree.


https://fraser.stlouisfed.org
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

WHAT DO MEDICAL TECHNOLOGISTS EARN?
A 1966 survey of registered med ica I technologists
indicated that more than half earned more than
$6 ,000 a year, while about one in four earned more
than $7 ,200. Salaries vary widely according to
geographic area. The Federal GovernmenC the
largest single employer of medical tec hnolog ists ,
hired newly graduated technolog ists at a minim um
annual salary of $5,565 in early 1968

Mrs. Phyllis Thornton , Educational Program Director , Freedmen's Hospital School of Medical Technology , Washington , D.C.,
finds enjoyment in working with her hands as well as her mind
and satisfaction in knowing that her work benefits people.
Here she is working in the laboratory with one of her students ,
Mr. Fred Hancock.

L
IF THE IDEA OF BECOMING A MEDICAL
TECHNOLOGIST APPEALS TO YOU
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!en O~ :E

( '")

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Take courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics in high school
• Complete at least 3 years of college, including:
16 semester hours of biology
16 semester hours of chemistry
1 course in mathematics

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• Obtain 12 months of clinical training in a school
of medical technology that has been approved by
the American Medical Association. (Most of the
AMA-accredited schools are affi Iiated with colleges and .universities that count the l2°month
clinical training as the senior year and award a
bachelor's degree upon its completion.)

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Other laboratory careers include cytotechnologist
(2 years college and 1 year training), histologic technician (1 year supervised training), and laboratory
assistant (1-year course after high school).
Lyn Hershfeld (seated ) of Hartford, Conn., and Judith Feldman
(standing) of Jericho, N.Y., are prepar ing a specimen for a laboratory test.
Both girls are medical technology students at
Northeastern University, Boston, Mass.
Photo:

Jet

Photographers


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Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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Why not be a
Medical
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.~ll Coll-ege. . . ,

WITHDAAWN'
GRINNELL COLLEG~IJW

8

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• Take the national examination of the Board of
Registry of Medical Technologists of the American
Society of Clinical Pathologists. This gives cer
tification with the professiona I title "MT(ASC P)"
and the right to wear the Registry insignia.

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