Could Medical Laboratory Technician Be Your Dream Career?
Dec. 3, 2015
Do you love science and math? Do you dream of spending your days analyzing samples, performing tests and operating sophisticated diagnostic equipment in a state-of-the art laboratory? Would you like to be immersed in the dynamic health care field, contributing to high-quality patient care, helping prevent outbreaks of communicable disease in your community, and interfacing with other medical professionals in a behind-the-scenes way?
If you’re shouting, “Yes! Yes!” – a career as a medical laboratory technologist or medical laboratory technician (MLT) might just be your dream come true.
- Can you handle complex machinery?
- Do you love working with your hands and find it easy to make small, coordinated movements with your fingers?
- Is your attention to detail impeccable?
- Are you physically strong and possess a great deal of stamina?
If your answers are still a big “Yes!” – read on!
WHAT DO MLTS DO?
A day in the life of a medical laboratory technician or technologist might include such tasks as:
- Analyzing tissue or urine samples under a microscope to detect abnormalities
- Studying blood draws for use in transfusions to determine compatibility and composition
- Preparing slides of body cells and examining them for cancerous conditions
- Identifying bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms
- Updating patients’ medical records with results from tests and sometimes collecting samples directly from patients
As a medical laboratory technician, a laboratory manager or a physician would supervise you. You would always work in close consultation with other medical personnel and skilled colleagues who share your interest in science. After you’ve worked in a specific area for a while and pursued advanced education, you may find yourself specializing in fields such as microbiology or immunology. This opens up even more career doors for you. The potential in this rewarding health care field is only as limited as your ambition!
WHERE WOULD YOU WORK?
Take your pick! Medical and surgical hospitals, private doctors’ offices, independent diagnostic and research laboratories, colleges and universities and world-class research facilities all depend on top-caliber lab tech candidates to fill their numerous staffing needs.
THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT FOR MEDICAL LAB TECHS
The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that, thanks to the aging, longer-living U.S. population, employment opportunities for lab techs will increase by a generous 22 percent between now and 2022. With chronic conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes and cancer, affecting millions of Americans, diagnostic laboratory tests are more vital than ever. And the compensation is getting better every year too.
Are you looking for a fast-paced career in biotechnology that allows you to perform laboratory testing in a behind-the-scenes setting? Concorde’s MLT program can prepare you for a lab tech career in less than two years.