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Urology Technician: Career Information

Urology technicians are a type of clinical laboratory technician. They perform tests on urine samples under the supervision of urologists and other health care professionals. Read on to learn more details of this healthcare profession.

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Career Definition for a Urology Technician

Urology technicians work in laboratories in hospitals, clinics and universities. They perform tests on patients' urine samples to determine the presence of various conditions and diseases. Urologist technicians also work for pharmaceutical companies to help develop treatments for urinary conditions.

Education Associate's or bachelor's degrees are common
Job Skills Attention to detail, able to perform repetitive tests, communication
Median Salary (2015)* $38,970 for medical and clinical lab technicians
Job Growth (2014-2024)* 18% for medical and clinical lab technicians

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Required Education

Urology technicians typically have associate's degrees or bachelor's degrees in medical technology. Educational programs for urology technicians include chemistry, biology, pathology, physiology and practical instruction on the use of medical instruments. Professional organizations, such as the American Medical Technologists, offer optional certification for urology technicians and some states have licensing requirements.

Skills Required

Urology technology requires attention to detail and the ability to perform repetitive tests with accuracy. Urology technicians report the results of their work with clinical laboratory technologists and medical personnel, requiring good written and oral communication skills.

Career and Economic Outlook

Job prospects for medical and clinical laboratory technicians, a broader category including urology technicians, are expected to grow by 18% from 2014-2024, which is much faster than average, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians earned a median salary of $38,970 as of May 2015, the BLS reported. Positions in colleges, universities and professional schools tended to have the highest wages, with annual salaries over $40,000.

Alternate Career Options

Here are a few similar career paths you might choose:

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist

These professionals, who often train and supervise the technicians, usually have a bachelor's degree in life sciences or medical technology; their work duties are similar to technicians, although technologists normally perform the more complicated lab tests. From 2014-2024, the BLS predicted 14% growth, which is considered much faster than average. Technologists earned an annual median wage of $60,520 in 2015, the BLS noted.

Chemical Technician

Normally learning their skills through an associate's degree program in chemical technology or applied science, chemical technicians assist chemical engineers and chemists in their research, to produce and develop chemical processes and products. Slower than average growth of 2% was expected for these positions during the 2014-2024 decade. They earned an annual median salary of $44,660 in 2015, per the BLS.

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