Medical and clinical laboratory technologists perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and may train or supervise staff.
A clinical laboratory technologist's job description includes conducting lab tests requested by doctors and other healthcare workers. They examine human tissue samples and bodily fluids, to identify abnormalities and determine diagnoses using laboratory machines, microscopes, and computers. By giving physicians the information needed to diagnose, treat, and prevent disease, they perform a crucial role in a patient's healthcare.
They are responsible for maintaining laboratory equipment, collecting blood or tissue samples from patients, testing or analysing patients’ samples, entering their findings in their records and issuing reports, consulting or assisting pathologists and supervising technicians and other laboratory assistants.
For a progressive medical laboratory technologist career, one needs to have a bachelor’s degree, preferably in biology, or in biochemistry, clinical laboratory science, or neuroscience. Their skills include being investigative, intellectual, introspective, inquisitive, methodical, rational, analytical, and logical.
Medical and clinical lab technicians work in hospitals, medical or diagnostic laboratories, physician's offices, and in-state or federal agencies. There exists the remote possibility of hazards and protective masks, gloves, and goggles are often necessary to ensure safety. Proper methods of sterilization need to be followed and the workplace should be well-lit and clean. The specimens and solutions used in the laboratory sometimes produce fumes.
A clinical laboratory technologist's salary is usually decent which is commensurate with their qualification and experience. To succeed as a lab technician, have good knowledge of technology and organised practice ethics.
Every career requires an element of study and academic qualification, and there can be several study routes and pathways you can take. In following any academic pathway you will study subjects that contribute to the specialised knowledge required to achieve your career goals. These qualifications provide a future employer with the evidence that you have the desired knowledge, understanding and experience of their industry, so it’s important to consider the various types of qualifications available to you and to understand how they can boost your career and create opportunities for you.
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