Originally Posted by Dokstarr
I will say evening medical technologist was the best 2.5 years of my life. Easy job, very good pay, etc.
I ended up at as a medical technologist for a while after college when the company I had interned, co-op'd, and worked part-time during the school year, was circling the bowl and wouldn't hire me. I graduated with that as a sure thing the fell apart and ended as a Med Tech for a while. Planned on doing it short term but then the engineering offers I was getting were all pretty much less pay or 6 month contracts. I didn't want to leave the sure thing for less money an having a contract (with no benefits) hang over my head.
I did eventually get an engineering job with the pay I thought I deserved, but even with the big bump in pay it is a much more stressful job.
In the long run engineering has huge oppurtunities for advancement when compared to Med Tech, but for someone who wants decent pay without as much stress, I think Med Tech is a pretty good field.
And here I thought I was the only one!
Working as a med tech is pretty easy, once you're trained and get to know the routine. It's the same thing. You're going to be looking at the same cells or seeing the same results for the rest of your life.
It's only stressfull if you don't know how to multi-task and mange your time well. Unfortunately, I work with people who have been there 30+ years and get totally flustered and panic any time they have to deal with more than three specimens at a time.
There really isn't an room for advancement unless you want to be a supervisor and double check everyone's work.