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Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technician

Overview and Key Facts

laboratory technician receiving samples for analysis
Education
Education
Associate's degree
Median Pay
Median Pay
$57,800
Job Growth
Job Growth
6.60%
(Above US Average)
Jobs in 2031
Jobs in 2031
351,000

What Do They Do?

A medical or clinical laboratory technician could...

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Doctors need information to decide if a person is healthy or sick, if a baby's earache is bacterial or viral, or if the man next door needs medication to lower his cholesterol and prevent a heart attack. The information often comes in the form of results from lab tests. Medical and clinical laboratory technicians are the people who perform these routine medical laboratory tests, giving the doctors the information needed to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease.
In this interview, a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) discusses her typical day at work, the qualifications needed for the job, and advice for students considering this line of work.

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Core Tasks

Think about if you'd like the typical tasks a Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technician might do:
  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
  • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.

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