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About Med Tech Travel Careers
Med techs often work out of the spotlight at healthcare facilities, but the important work they do for both patients and physicians is extremely valuable! Their contributions to healthcare help maintain important baselines and check for irregularities that go a long way in maintaining a patient’s health and/or formulating a strategic care plan. Demand is consistently high for med techs, and that means there are many well-paying med tech travel nursing jobs in cool locations nationwide!
Travel Med Tech Careers
A career as a travel medical technician is a fantastic way for you to avoid burnout — although a job in healthcare will always be demanding, working at a variety of ever-changing locations and facilities can help keep you fresh on the job and motivated to provide excellent care. It’s also a great way to continue to keep your skills sharp, learn from new colleagues and facilities, and build a stronger resume. When you travel with Medical Solutions, you’ll also earn great money and have great benefits.
To be successful working as a med tech you must be very organized, compassionate, patient, determined, detail-oriented, a good communicator, adaptable, a pro problem-solver, good with technology, and OK with working in high-stress environments.
A med tech’s goal is to successfully gather samples, perform tests, and document data that’s been requested by other healthcare professionals. Depending on their area of specialty, their duties may include collecting blood and other body fluid samples, analyzing collected samples and checking them for abnormalities and other information, recording data and information related to the samples, inputting information into their system and/or reporting findings directly back to the requester (depending on the urgency of the findings and the situation), staining specimens, applying dressings, and maintaining and cleaning equipment.
The lab is typically a very busy place in any facility, and it can sometimes be a challenge to keep up! Good med techs always keep up and even make it look easy amidst the chaos, balancing the need for speed with the need for accuracy of reporting. Med techs can work directly with patients — for example, phlebotomists who draw your blood — or strictly in the lab — for example histotechnicians. And many med techs work in both spaces.
What Facilities Do Med Techs Work In?
Med techs generally work in acute care hospitals but can found in a variety of other settings such as long-term care facilities/nursing homes, blood banks, outpatient clinics, and even schools.
How Do Med Techs Help Patients?
Med techs work in the background to carry out important blood and other fluid sampling work that is crucial to a patient’s diagnosis and overall care plan. Although they may not always be seen as the biggest star of the healthcare constellation, med techs do incredibly important work that plays a crucial role in healthcare. Because of this important work, med techs help patients get important test results which mean establishing baselines and/or helping physicians formulate quality care plans.
Quick Med Tech Facts
- Commonly required med tech education: Associate Degree in Medical Technology and/or Bachelor of Medical Technology
- Commonly required med tech certifications: Basic Life Support (BLS)
- Commonly preferred med tech certifications: Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS), American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Certified Phlebotomy Technician (CPT), Certified Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLT), Registered Phlebotomy Technician (RPT)
- Commonly required experience to become a travel med tech: Facilities typically require a minimum of one to two years of recent, in-facility experience in order to hire you as an travel med tech. You’ll want the benefit of experience since travel med techs have to hit the ground running!
- Average annual med tech salary range: $28,000-$50,000
- Locations where med techs are in high demand: Demand for med techs is growing nationwide! California, Texas, Connecticut, and Washington reflect high demand with higher average home health RN salaries.