What does a medical lab technician do?

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Do you have a passion for science and analyzing what is going on in the human body? Why not broaden your knowledge about the human body by exploring medical lab technician programs?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the duties of a lab technician include collecting samples and doing tests to analyze tissues, fluids and other bodily items.

Medical lab technicians work primarily in hospitals. Employment opportunities also exist in medical offices, laboratories, and government facilities.


If you have a strong background in math and science, you might be a candidate for a medical lab technician program.

Manual dexterity and physical stamina are also important for the hours you will spend processing samples and working with equipment, especially needles. You'll also need to be detail-oriented as you will be responsible for a lot of samples and the testing of various samples simultaneously.

What is a lab technician?

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, there are some main duties of lab technician in addition to the aforementioned.

  • Most lab assistant job descriptions include some of the following:
    Handling and storing potentially hazardous chemicals and other materials
  • Using and maintaining the equipment utilized for your career
  • Receiving, processing and analyzing urine, blood, and tissue samples
  • Handling of compressed gas cylinders
  • Record keeping and document maintenance


Are you ready to begin your career as a medical lab technician? As previously mentioned, math and science courses are key with most medical lab technicians having at least an associate degree.

Also, depending on your state of residence, you might need to sit for an exam to become licensed before you gain employment. Medical lab technicians are certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.


The BLS projects 16 percent growth, which is faster than the average field for those with a health care degree.

As our population grows older, it increases the need for those in this health care field to help diagnose issues so patients can receive proper treatments. Also, as access to health care has expanded with health care reform, more people are insured and can receive medical treatment and services.

What are you waiting for to get started? Opportunity awaits today!

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