Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical laboratory technicians are also known as clinical laboratory technicians. As laboratory tests have become more important today, the demand for the technicians are also growing. Medical laboratory technicians typically are assigned to perform routine laboratory procedures on blood, tissue, and other bodily fluids using instruments like microscopes, chemicals, computers, and complex laboratory equipment. Technicians are supervised by a medical laboratory scientist, pathologist, or other professionals that specialize in biological sciences. A medical laboratory technician should have a broad knowledge of specific techniques and instruments, as well as he must be able to recognize factors that directly affect procedures and results. Medical laboratory technicians have the freedom to specialize in any one of the five different areas, which include blood banking, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology. To be a medical laboratory technician, you need to have patience and precision and the ability to work well under pressure.
A majority of medical laboratory technicians work in hospital laboratories, and some other work in public health laboratories, reference laboratories, biomedical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, forensic medicine, and the armed forces.
Students who are interested in pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician, they need to concentrate on subjects, such as algebra, geometry, biology, chemistry, physics, computer skills, English, health occupations/medical professions education, and physical education in high school.
As far as college requirements are concerned, students should have a high school diploma or equivalent. They must complete an Associate Degree program in medical laboratory technology, which 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.