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Medical Laboratory Technician    
Laboratory tests have become increasingly important in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of many illnesses and diseases. Medical laboratory technicians, also called clinical laboratory technicians, perform routine laboratory procedures on blood, tissue, and other bodily fluids using instruments such as microscopes, chemicals, computers, and complex laboratory equipment. They usually perform these duties under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist, pathologist, or other professionals that specialize in biological sciences. The technician has knowledge of specific techniques and instruments and is able to recognize factors that directly affect procedures and results. Medical laboratory technicians can specialize in one of five different areas: blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, or microbiology. They are also called upon to report lab results to other medical personnel, maintain equipment, and maintain laboratory records. This career path requires patience and precision and the ability to work well under pressure.

Work Environment:

Most medical laboratory technicians work in hospital laboratories. Other places of employment are public health laboratories, reference laboratories, biomedical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, forensic medicine, and the armed forces.

High School Preparation:

Students interested in pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician should concentrate on subjects such as algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, computer skills, English, health occupations/medical professions education, and physical education.

College Requirements:

Students entering a medical laboratory technician program should have a high school diploma or equivalent. Individuals must complete an Associate Degree program in medical laboratory technology that includes clinical training. After completing this program, candidates must pass a national certification examination given by the Board of Registry of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel, or the American Medical Technologists. It is recommended that a counselor be consulted for advice on the certification process. Students interested in medical laboratory technology should contact schools for information on admission and course of study.

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Career Outlook:

Employment opportunities for medical laboratory technicians are expected to increase 10% to 20% over the next eight years. The rapidly growing older population will be one reason for this growth, since older people tend to have more medical problems that will require lab work. New and exciting advancements in technology will also add to a rise in employment in this sector. As in most occupations, many openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other companies, retire, or stop working for some other reason.

 

 

Salary:

Average Annual Salary
$32,400
Salary Range
$24,700-$38,300

Professional Organizations:

American Society for Clinical
Laboratory Science
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Suite 530
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 657-2768
www.ascls.org

American Society of Clinical Pathologists
2100 W Harrison Street
Chicago, IL 60612-3798
Phone: (312) 738-1336
www.ascp.org

American Medical Technologists
10700 West

Higgins Road

Suite 150

Rosemont, IL 60018

Phone: (847) 823-5169

Fax: (847) 823-0458

Web: www.amt1.com

Mississippi Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
The University of Mississippi
Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
Phone: (601) 984-6300
http://shrp.umc.edu
 

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