RE: OT--Med vs Histo techs

From:"Morken, Tim"

Christine wrote:

I don't think that has anything to do with the salary difference between
histotechs and med techs since you will find the same salary disparity in
each field. That is more of a historical difference, and in the past was
greatly justified. 

The difference is real between men and women, however, and, at least in the
lab, I feel it may have something to do with the fact that, until recently,
most women had long periods out of the lab to raise children and so would
lose their time and seniority in the system. Even in teaching, which is
dominated by women, men tend to make more money over their careers, and have
higher salaries than women. I think it's the same cause.

BTW, I am one of those histotechs with little idea of what med techs do, but
still greatly respect them. It is management that has the pay-differential
problems, which are mostly imaginary.

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
From: []
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 2:08 PM
Subject: Re: OT--Med vs Histo techs

I am a licensed Med Tech and just wanted to get my two cents in.  Not all
feel this way about HT or HLT's.  While it is true that many people do not
anything about histology, those of us who do truly respect and are in awe of
those who can perform the many different tasks of a histotech.  We do not
the pay scale so we are not to blame for the disparity in salaries.  Perhaps
salary difference comes from the same situation that allowed(and in many
still does allow) men to make more than women--ignorance from the powers
that be
who run the whole kit and kaboodle.

Thanks for letting me get that off my chest.

Christine Klein, BSMT(ASCP)
MD Anderson Cancer Center

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