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Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Chris King

Career Profile: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist - Chris King

Chris King, M.S., Medical Technologist, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health

National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Education

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Salary: $49,7000r
Min. Education: Bachelor's
Related Careers: Nuclear Med Tech, Biological Technician

What I like best/least about my work…

What I like best about my work is the fact that I am really helping people. If you think about how doctors make diagnostic decisions, they order lab tests. It’s the primary way doctors figure out what’s wrong with a patient.

What I like least about my job is the schedule. The job entails working weekends, and sometimes being on-call. We are considered essential employees, meaning the lab must be staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can’t miss work because of a winter snowstorm, for example. People don’t stop getting sick when the weather is bad.

My career goals are…

My career goal is to do more education-related projects within my profession. I would like to combine my technical expertise, with principles of adult education, to develop materials that clinical laboratory scientists can use to maintain their skills. The need to continually update our skills does not stop with college graduation. Just like many other health care fields, we are required to maintain our skills through continuing education, which must be documented for hospital accreditation, professional certification, and/or state licensure. However, it is often difficult for people working in clinical laboratory technologist careers to attend outside training courses because of time, financial, or family constraints. An exciting project I will begin working on soon, will help alleviate those constraints. I will work with computer programmers to develop continuing education courses that are interesting and meaningful to our employees. My part in the project is to provide the content for my area of expertise. These courses will be available through our hospital’s intranet. Proof of successful completion, of any course, will be logged into the person’s electronic personnel folder.

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