Q: Is it in poor taste to apply to a number of positions with the same employer, in the field of lab medicine?
– Submitted by Medical Laboratory Scientists, Class of 2016 – University of Massachusetts/Lowell
A: Great question! First, congrats on pursuing a field full of
opportunities. The world of STEM (science, technology, engineering and
medical industries) is expected to grow dramatically. Specifically, the
role of medical and clinical laboratory technologist is a role that is
expected to grow “much faster” than average, according to the Bureau of
Labor Statistics. These roles typically require an undergraduate degree
in either medical technology or life sciences. Hospitals, labs and
doctor’s offices often employ medical lab technologists. In 2014, the
median pay for this profession, across the US, was just over $49,000.
Most medical lab technologists in the Boston area make more. For more
Now to your question. Research employers of interest. You are joining
a field with very specific hiring needs. There may be more than one
role, especially at a large employer, for which you would be qualified. I
quickly scanned LinkedIn using the term “medical technologist” and
limited my search jobs available in Massachusetts. There were roles
available at Lowell General Hospital, Emerson Hospital, Tufts Medical
Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Heart Diagnostics
and Massachusetts General Hospital. Tufts Medical Center had 17 roles
available, but all were a bit different. One role was in microbiology
and one was in blood bank. It is ok to apply to several of these, but I
probably would not apply to all 17! Some have different qualifications,
including licensing requirements. Often times, larger companies will
scan your resume and/or online application and retain your information.
This is wonderful because they will contact you if a role does become
Finally, if you are not on LinkedIn, please consider creating a
profile. Often recruiters don’t want to post a job and receive several
hundred inquiries. Instead, we like to search using key words, like
laboratory or medical technologist or University of Massachusetts. Then,
we are able to identify a handful of the most qualified candidates vs.
reviewing hundreds who may just be applying to every job posting
Good luck. I see great things in your future!
Pattie Hunt Sinacole is a human resources expert and works for First Beacon Group in Hopkinton, an HR consulting firm. She contributes weekly to Boston.com Jobs and the Boston Sunday Globe Money & Careers section.