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Medical Laboratory Technologist

What’s it all about:Medical laboratory technologists do laboratory tests to help physicians detect, diagnose, and treat diseases. Lab technologists run tests using samples of body fluids, cells, or tissues. Sometimes they use samples to prepare slides. They examine the slides under a microscope. Sometimes they run tests to chemically analyze samples. They look to see if the samples are abnormal or diseased. The technologist tries to find and identify organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, or other organisms that would indicate an infection or disease. They also grow cell cultures. After all the tests are completed, technologists record, evaluate, and send results back to physicians or medical researchers. A pathologist usually supervises their work. A pathologist is a medical doctor who specialized in finding the causes and characteristics of diseases. Some medical technologists do research on new drugs, while others help to improve new ways of doing laboratory tests. Most technologists work in laboratories, clinics, public health agencies, physicians’ offices, drug companies, and research institutions. There are two levels of medical laboratory workers—technicians and technologists. Technologists have more training and job responsibilities. They perform more complex tests and often supervise other laboratory workers.

Study for success: While still in school, study biology, chemistry, math, and English. A bachelor’s degree is required for most jobs. To get such a degree, students must complete three years of college studies and a 12-month program in a school of medical technology. Such schools are usually connected with colleges and universities. Technologists may also be certified by various organizations. To receive certification, they must pass examinations.

Discover more: For more information look online:
Occupational Outlook Handbook
American Medical Technologists
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

Related jobs: pathologists, blood bank technologists, microbiology technologists, medical researchers, phlebotomists, histology technicians, and nurses

For more information contact:

Paulette Howell

Career Development

Auburn Career Center

(440) 357-7542, ext. 239


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