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Wed May 2, 2012, 06:21 AM

13. I graduated summa cum laude

 

and passed my med lab tech board exams. Before starting the program I called both small local hospitals to get the salary range. The hospital that answered me said the starting salary was $19/hour. Two years later, a classmate called them and they told him $20/hour. That fit with the government figures on salaries in the field. The hospital that hired me outsourced their lab to a reference lab, which didn't list phone numbers on their web site, so couldn't I couldn't get the range, but I figured it would be roughly the same.

Not great, but I own my house outright so have no mortgage, and even with student loans it worked out better than any of the local jobs...or no job at all, which was my situation. Then while in school a company opened a call center up and I got a part time job there. The salary was very low, but they ended up with a 40% turnover due in part to so many people losing their homes (and in part to my bitch of a manager), so they cranked the salaries to $15/hour. I considered dropping out of school, but with the student loans that wasn't do-able, so instead I doubled-down and pressed on.

I was lucky to be one of the few graduating students that actually got a job in the field. The university stated in print a history of 100% employment -- but of course, they didn't mention whether it was actually as a med lab tech. Government statistics still claim 14% growth in the field. A lot of students were unable to find work in the field....anywhere in the country.

The starting salary turned out to be $16/hour. It is per diem with no benefits. Hiring manager told me outright there would be no raise for at least 18 months, possibly not then. The internal website states there is a $5K signing bonus. Lie.

In the interview I was clear that night shift would be very difficult for me due to medical history, but in a real emergency I could do it. Just not on a regular basis. Then this past winter, they bullied and threatened me legally into doing it. 12 hour shifts, by myself running non-stop trying to simultaneously run QC in chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis...while sorting lab labels in the phlebotomy room...and drawing patients in emergency, doing timed draws on the 2nd floor in med surg and ICU, and on the 3rd floor drawing OB patients. They told me not to worry, the night staff works as a team and the doctors and nurses will help me. Right. By following me around screaming at me for not drawing their patients first.

If you think you are burned out in high-tech, think again. Words cannot express how sorry I am I entered this field, or how much I hate it. On days I'm not working, I'm mostly sleeping in sheer exhaustion. Meantime, the company I was at 2 years ago just ran an ad, hiring for all shifts. I learned from a former co-worker that they fired the evil manager 9 months after I left. I sent them my resume yesterday.

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