The job outlook for medical technology looks good, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that employment in this area is expected to increase between 14 and 18 percent over the next ten years. This is a good deal faster than the average for all other occupations.
The aging of the population is expected to be a primary driver in the increase, leading to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures. Another driver in the growth in this occupation is the greater number of people who now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Job prospects will be best for medical technologists and technicians who earn professional certification.
For those already in the profession looking to advance, there are a number of actions you can take to move ahead. Here are a few.
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This is the first step in your career advancement plan. Figure out exactly where you want to go, how you want to advance, then set up a plan to get there. Are you interested in gaining a job with more responsibility and more challenging work, or are you looking to increase your earning power?
You will probably need to do some research for this phase of your plan. Learn about the trends in your profession and what opportunities that may become available in the future.
Perform well at your current job.
If you want to advance, make sure you are doing well at your current job. Are you meeting the expectations of your supervisor? If you want to move ahead, you should be looking for ways to show what you can do. For example, look for opportunities to volunteer on work teams or committees. Take on more responsibility in your current job. Offer ideas and suggestions for improving the operations where you work.
Continue your education.
Often, moving up the career ladder requires additional training and learning. What classroom work will you need to move ahead? Will it require a certification or possibly even an advanced degree?
Keep in touch with former colleagues and reach out to others inside and outside of your specialty. This will help you keep abreast of the changes in your profession. Your network will also be an invaluable resource when looking for new career advancement opportunities in terms of advice and also information about openings.
These days, there are many ways to keep in touch. There is e-mail, Twitter and Facebook, and there are many different online sites geared toward business and careers, such as LinkedIn, where you can locate and communicate with others in your field.
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