Medical technicians must have at least an associate degree, which normally takes two years, and training often continues while on the job. Coursework includes phlebotomy, chemistry, hematology and biology. Some medical technicians have bachelor's degrees. Hospitals may provide for continued training and attendance at professional conferences for medical technicians.
Technicians can specialize in several fields, such as radiology or ultrasound, with further training. Some states require certification, which is usually updated every three years. Medical technicians work in physician offices, hospitals, government agencies and diagnostic labs. They have knowledge of and operate various life-saving equipment, including dialysis equipment, microscopes and centrifuges. Medical technicians working in labs earn the highest salaries.