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By Nsim Team
To become a medical laboratory technologist, you need to begin by determining if this career path is right for you. Are you interested in conducting advanced testing to help identify, treat and cure cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions? Does the prospect of having a career that allows you to advance to positions of greater responsibility interest you? If so, then you may be well suited for a career as a medical laboratory technologist.
Who is a Medical Labouratory Technologist?
Medical laboratory technologists are responsible for performing a variety of laboratory tests and procedures in order to assist physicians in diagnosing, monitoring, treating and preventing disease and illness.
Medical Laboratory Technologist Job Duties
• Perform quality control functions
• Conduct medical research and analysis
• Determine blood type for transfusions
• Assist pathologists by preparing tissue for examination
• Examine bodily tissues and fluids, paying close attention for abnormal chemical levels, cells or bacteria
Education Needed to Become a Medical Laboratory Technologist
To get an entry-level job as a medical laboratory technologist, you usually need at least a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or life sciences. Completing courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics, as well as courses on clinical laboratory skills, management, and education will give you the knowledge you need to qualify for a job in this field.
Certification Needed to Become a Medical Laboratory Technologist
Depending on the state/province or the employer, you may need to be licensed to work as a medical laboratory technologist. You can take licensing courses and examinations through the following agencies:
- National skill India Mission
Who Hires Medical Laboratory Technologists?
There are many employers, representing many different industries that are interested in the skills, knowledge and competencies of medical laboratory technologists, including:
• Hospitals and clinics
• Federal government (public health laboratories)
• Pharmaceutical or chemical industries
• Biotechnology companies
• Veterinary clinics
• Public or private research laboratories
• Colleges and universities