Five Reasons to Study Medical Technology

Medical Technology is one of the many offshoots of Medicine as an academic pursuit, and contains a number of different disciplines and potential routes of study. If you're unsure whether it's the subject for you, check out just five of the many reasons to study it at university:

1. You'll be helping save people's lives

Doctors and nurses may be the people on the front line administering treatment to the ill and injured, but without Medical Technologists, these services would be far more time consuming, and far less effective.

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Graduates of the subject work to improve the quality of healthcare administered to patients, be that through increasing the accuracy of diagnosis, decreasing the time taken to treat an ailment, or any other way in which the process could be bettered. A valuable role indeed.

2. The subject has superb Graduate Prospects

A degree in any subject is likely to be beneficial when making your first forays into the job market, but depending on the course that you take, your employment prospects could vary massively. For prospective Medical Technology students, the (very) good news is that graduates have excellent graduate employability levels.

With a whopping 92% of graduates in full-time professional employment (a job that usually requires a degree) within six months of leaving university, you'll struggle to get closer to a guaranteed job than a degree in Medical Technology.

3. There are plenty of opportunities to gain work experience

Your first day of proper working life will be a big one, and anything that can help reduce the stress and pressure of the day is something worth considering. Fortunately, when studying for a Medical Technology degree there will be ample opportunity to undertake work placements that not only allow you to hone your skills in a practical environment, but also get a flavour of the working world.

4. There can be little or no gender pay gap for graduates

In October 2016, we published our first ever analysis of the Graduate Gender Pay Gap – the difference between the median salary paid to males and females in professional employment.

While graduates of most subjects experienced some kind of pay gap in favour of males, Medical Technology was found to be one of the few subjects where male and female graduates received the same or very similar remuneration. 

5. You'll pick up a wealth of transferable skills

It's no secret that sometimes people earn a degree in a subject and then decide that they don't really fancy a career in the field after all. If you study Medical Technology and happen to find yourself in this unfortunate situation, you'll be relieved to hear that you needn't worry too much, as you'll have attained an impressive set of skills to put on your CV.

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Knowledge of technical processes, the ability to use complex instruments and a high level of scientific aptitude are just a few of the long list of talents you'll be able to boast having studying Medical Technology at university. That's quite the insurance policy!