Search
Advice » Career Development» Getting Promoted » From Med Tech to Manager
From Med Tech to Manager

From Med Tech to Manager

"These times are pretty good for lab workers who want to get into management," says Robert Neri, executive vice president of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association.

This is good news for staff medical technologists (MTs) who are ready to rise above those endless racks of test tubes but don't want to leave this promising field. The need for talented supervisors and managers should also encourage those who have only begun to consider a career in the clinical laboratory.

Demand Is Climbing

Management opportunities for clinical lab workers haven't always been plentiful.

"As hospitals have consolidated, we've been through a period of marked shrinkage in management positions," says Neri. "But now retirements are opening up a fairly large pool of management jobs."

Joseph Cabral basically agrees. "The demand is pretty great," says Cabral, director of career services at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. "But there is turnover, because we can't get everybody into a supervisor or manager position."

Experience Is Key

Lab workers who do move up the ladder sometimes have an edge in their educational background, and usually have enough clinical experience to demonstrate above-average technical and communication skills. In all but large city labs, experience is generally more important than an advanced degree.

To move up in a laboratory, it's critical to have a mentor, ideally the boss you work with every day. And a mentor relationship is just as important once you've landed a supervisory job. "Most of the experience that the individual will get will come from their direct supervisor," Cabral says.

Still, education helps, especially if the desired title is "manager," not "supervisor." But advanced formal training often isn't easy to come by.

Slim Support for Education

"Unfortunately, in today's typical hospital, the continuing-ed budget -- if you have one at all -- is on the skids," says Neri. Shrinking insurance reimbursements are frequently blamed for the dearth of employer financial support for advanced formal training.

"Lab workers now often aren't willing to go to seminars, because they may have to give of their own time and money," says Linda Jones, administrative laboratory manager at Triad Clinical Laboratory in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and a member of the board of trustees of the American Medical Technologists Institute for Education.

So when applying for work with a particular employer, candidates should ask questions about what tuition assistance is available, and whether the lab can be flexible enough to schedule shifts around classes.

New Duties -- and New Stressors

As a senior manager, Jones's day-to-day duties bear little resemblance to the down-and-dirty bench work of the lab technician or technologist. Jones considers purchases of new equipment, monitors compliance, directs proficiency testing and conducts staff meetings, among many other activities.

"The stress of this job is handling many issues at one time and trying not to forget something," Jones says. "There are so many ways you can make human mistakes."

All supervisory and managerial positions require people skills, organizational savvy and deep technical know-how. Those in higher-level managerial positions must also understand elements of finance, human resources management and other advanced business skills.

Look for a Healthy Salary Increase

Lab supervisors, especially managers, are able to earn substantially more than technicians and technologists.

Medical laboratory technicians make a national median salary of about $40,500, while medical technologists, who often get their feet wet in management by supervising technicians, are posting median salaries of about $56,400, according to Salary.com.

A high-level supervisor, by contrast, earns about $84,000. At top university hospitals in major cities, salaries for managers of multiple labs can push six figures.

But supervisory duties don't always trump technical expertise in terms of earning power. While a low-level supervisor can expect to earn about $59,600, a cytotechnologist is likely to bring in nearly $61,700.

Latest Jobs

Altair Engineering, Inc. - HQ
Posted: 12/22/2014
Auburn Hills, MI
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Posted: 12/22/2014
Boca Raton, FL, 33431
Lead Generated Sales
Posted: 12/22/2014
Shreveport, LA, 71107
Zing! Recruiting
Posted: 12/22/2014
Tulsa, OK, 74103
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits
Posted: 12/22/2014
Coral Springs, FL, 33065

Want more personalized results?  Update Your Profile

 
 
 

Monster Communities

Teaching Community
Where teachers meet and learn.
ArtBistro
Create and connect.
Excelle
Networking for the career-minded woman.
Nursing Link
Where nurses call the shots.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Scholarships
Scholarships, financial aid and more ways to pay for school.
Education.org
Find top campus and online degree programs.
Military.com
Military portal for the US Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard.
Financial Aid
Scholarships & financial aid.
Staffing for Government Jobs
Staffing and hiring solutions for federal government agency jobs.
More Monster Partners

Job Hunt Strategy

Six Ways to Make a Recruiter Hate You
If you want to blow your chances with recruiters -- and, by extension, with the companies they work for -- here are six perfect ways to do so.

Resumes & Cover Letters

Rev Up Your Resume to Relocate
Hoping to relocate? Get the ball rolling on landing the right job in the right location with these expert resume and cover letter tips.

Interviewing

100 Potential Interview Questions
Interview questions can run the gamut. You probably won't face all 100 of these, but you should still be prepared to answer at least some of them.

Salary & Benefits

10 Questions to Ask When Negotiating Salary
Most of us aren't natural negotiators, but asking these 10 questions during salary negotiations can help you get everything you deserve.

Employee Sourcing

Alt text
November Monster Employment Index Grows 13% Year-Over-Year, Tenth Consecutive Month of Positive Annual Growth.

For Seekers

Campus and Online Degrees
Advance your career and earn more with an online degree.
Free Salary Wizard
What are you worth? Find out and negotiate a better salary.
Research Careers
Get information on jobs and career paths to help guide your choices
Questions & Answers
Find answers to all your career related questions -- powered by Yahoo! Answers
Resume Distribution Service
Our distribution service puts your resume right in the hands of recruiters.
Resume Writing Services
Our experts will craft a keyword-rich resume that stands out in the crowd.
More Career Resources

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
Hire Right Background Checks
Explore our background check packages to improve the quality of your hires.
Hiring Home Page
Find the best candidates for your business with Monster hiring solutions.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs. Starting at $99.
Power Resume Search
Monster's new search technology precisely matches people with your jobs.
Resource Center
Find staffing insights, labor trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Post
Connect with skilled, hourly and administrative candidates for only $99.

Social Media

Jobs on Twitter
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster Careers
Tune into our career advice and discussions tackling a wide range of topics and industries.
Monster Corporate & PR
Stay up-to-date on the latest news. Get the 'Who', 'What', 'When', and 'Why' on all things Monster related.
Monster Customer Service
Got a Monster question? We've got the answer. Whether you're a job seeker or employer, we can help you find the answers you need.
Monster for Employers
Find advice on hiring.
Follow Us
Check out our many pages and stay connected with the latest industry news, events, career advice and job openings.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
Compare Salaries
See how your pay stacks up to others in your field.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Monster Job Seeker Blog
Monster Job Seeker Blog.
Monster Thinking Blog
Monster's Recruitment Trends Blog.
Jobs & Career Resources
Search Jobs:
For Employers: Post Jobs | Search Resumes | Advertise
About Monster | Work for Monster | Advertise with Us | AdChoices | Partner with Us | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility Center | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Mobile
©2014 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 5,832,497; 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2014.11.10.17-223
eTrustLogo