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Medical Laboratory Technician
- Have a high school diploma or GED, preferably with a background in science and math.
- Complete a MLT program. Most MLT programs offer an associate’s degree, which usually takes two years to earn. Some MLTs go on to complete more advanced medical programs to become medical technologists or physician assistants.
- Have a high school diploma or GED.
- Complete a radiologic technology training program, preferably with an associate’s degree or greater.
- May earn national certification by taking an exam. Most radiographic technologists earn at least an associate’s degree, which takes about two years of study, while others go on to earn a four-year bachelor’s degree. Students may also pursue training in specialty areas, such as nuclear medicine technology, mammography, CT scanning, MRI and radiation therapy.
Medical Laboratory Technician: Median Annual Wage $49,000 – $72,000
Radiographic Technologist: Median Annual Wage $56,000 – $81,000