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Career and Education Opportunities for Medical Laboratory Technologists in Iowa

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines.

Currently, 1,520 people work as medical laboratory technologists in Iowa. This is expected to grow by 8% to about 1,640 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for medical laboratory technologists are expected to grow by about 11.9%. In general, medical laboratory technologists perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

A person working as a medical laboratory technologist can expect to earn about $23 hourly or $48,970 annually on average in Iowa and about $25 hourly or $53,500 per year on average in the U.S. as a whole. Medical laboratory technologists earn more than people working in the category of Healthcare Technical generally in Iowa and more than people in the Healthcare Technical category nationally. Jobs in this field include: pathology laboratory technologist, laboratory supervisor, and clinical research associate.

In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. About 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Historical Outfitters, the Des Moines Art Center, and the Italian.

CITIES WITH Medical Laboratory Technologist OPPORTUNITIES IN Iowa


JOB DESCRIPTION: Medical Laboratory Technologist

Medical Laboratory Technologist video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, medical laboratory technologists perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. They also may train or supervise staff.

Every day, medical laboratory technologists are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to see details at a very fine level of focus. It is also important that they evaluate problems as they arise.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Iowa include:

  • Cardiac Technician. Conduct tests on pulmonary or cardiovascular systems of patients for diagnostic purposes. May conduct or assist in electrocardiograms, cardiac catheterizations, pulmonary-functions, lung capacity, and similar tests.
  • Health Information Systems Technician. Compile, process, and maintain medical records of hospital and clinic patients in a manner consistent with medical, administrative, and regulatory requirements of the health care system. Process, maintain, and report patient information for health requirements and standards.
  • Pharmacist. Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
  • Respiratory Therapy Technician. Provide specific, well defined respiratory care procedures under the direction of respiratory therapists and physicians.
  • Sonographer. Produce ultrasonic recordings of internal organs for use by physicians.
  • Surgical Technician. Assist in operations, under the supervision of surgeons, registered nurses, or other surgical personnel. May help set up operating room, prepare and transport patients for surgery, adjust lights and equipment, pass instruments and other supplies to surgeons and surgeon's assistants, hold retractors, and help count sponges, needles, and instruments.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Iowa

Iowa
Iowa photo by Bill Whittaker

Iowa has a population of 3,007,856, which has grown by 2.79% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hawkeye State," Iowa's capital and largest city is Des Moines. In 2008, there were a total of 2,025,350 jobs in Iowa. The average annual income was $37,509 in 2008, up from $35,755 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Iowa was 6.0% in 2009, which has grown by 1.6% since the previous year. Roughly 21.2% of Iowa residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Iowa include machinery manufacturing, agriculture, construction, and mining machinery manufacturing, and grain milling. Notable tourist attractions include the Science Center of Iowa, the Italian, and the Hubbell Historical Center.