Medical Laboratory Technicians work in hospital and private laboratories (clinical or research) or physician office labs. At career entry, the MLT will be able to perform routine and complex clinical laboratory tests done in hematology, chemistry, immunohematology, microbiology, immunohematology, and coagulation. The MLT will have gained basic laboratory skills required for entry level positions in these and other emerging laboratory fields, such as molecular diagnostics.
The responsibilities of the MLT include:
• Decisions concerning sample collection and handling
• Daily instrument maintenance and quality control
• Sample testing
• Collection and interpretation of data
• Maintenance of accurate records and reporting of data
• Knowledge of critical values
The level of analyses performed may range from point-of-care testing to complex testing, involving all major areas of the clinical laboratory. The MLT will have diverse functions in areas of pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical processes. In addition, the MLT will have responsibilities related to information processing, training and quality control within the clinical laboratory.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the employment of Medical Laboratory Technicians will increase by 14% through the year 2016. According to Jobs Rated Almanac, Medical Laboratory Science has 25% job growth and good job security. Among health related professions, it currently ranks number 3.
What Hours Would I Work?
Many laboratory employees work 12 hour shifts which equates to a 36 hour work week.
Where Can I Live?
Job opportunities are available anywhere in the United States and World Wide.