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What a Medical Laboratory Technician does:
A Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) sometimes referred to as a Medical Technician or Clinical Laboratory Technician, works under the direct supervision of a Medical Technologist, Physician or Pathologist. Similar to a Medical Technologist a Medical Laboratory Technician may work shifts, and are often on call in the event of an emergency.
The main duties of a Clinical / Medical Laboratory Technician include:
– Preparing specimens for examination
– Performing clinical laboratory tests on blood, tissue and body fluids.
– Detection of abnormal cells
– Sending test results to the physician or pathologist for diagnosis
– Reporting to the supervising Medical Technologists
– Operating microscopes and other medical laboratory equipment
Qualifications & Education:
Medical Laboratory Technicians usually need an associate degree or a certificate to practice. The following boards provide additional certification to Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians:
- American Medical Technologists, Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts, Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel.
Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries for Medical Laboratory Technicians vary from $25,000 to $40,000 depending on experience, educational qualifications, location and position held. The job prospects for Medical Laboratory Technicians are excellent. In addition to job growth in this area, vacancies will also arise due to Technicians having transferred, retired or taken career breaks.
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