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What is a Medical Laboratory Technician?

A medical laboratory technician is a laboratory employee who performs specialized chemical, bacteriological, and microscopic tests of body fluids, tissues and cells under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist.

A medical laboratory technician should be curious, empathetic, methodical, analytical, responsible and safety-conscious, and have the ability to perform accurate and reliable laboratory tests and provide timely results with and without supervision.

What does a Medical Laboratory Technician do?

Medical laboratory technicians may do some or all of the following:

Where does a Medical Laboratory Technician work?

Places of work for medical laboratory technicians include:

Working Conditions

Medical laboratory technicians may work rotating shifts including evenings, weekends and public holidays. They work in the laboratories of hospitals, clinics, health centers, etc. They may be required to wear protective clothing and gloves when working.

What is Required to Become a Medical Lab Technician?

To become a medical laboratory technician, you will need to have an associate’s degree in medical laboratory technology or a related discipline.


Just to give you an idea, some of the classes that you’ll be taking in college may include:

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Medical laboratory technicians need to have:


Alternative Careers

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