Medical laboratory technicians collect, process and analyze laboratory (lab) results.
Medical laboratory technicians collect, process and analyze laboratory (lab) results. You may work for a blood lab or other type of lab, hospital, clinic, research institute, or pharmaceutical company. You may also be called a medical laboratory aide, medical laboratory assistant, phlebotomist or phlebotomy aide.
Generally, medical laboratory assistants:
This job requires:
College or University
This job requires
0 - 2
years of work experience.
As a medical laboratory technician, you need to:
Source: Ontario Skills Passport
You need to communicate in person and in writing with patients. You need to explain and give instructions about blood and tissue test procedures. You also need to take notes, collect data and review patient forms to make sure data is correct and complete. You need to discuss samples and testing with co-workers and use medical terminology.
The employment growth rate is expected to be above average because of ongoing trends: a growing and aging population that requires more health services, new diagnosing/treating technologies, and increased government funding for health care. However, the increased use of automated diagnostic/treatment procedures may decrease employment opportunities.
The work prospects for this job are:
The average hourly wage for this job is:
These links will give you a list of related educational programs or where you can search for them. There may be other schools that have similar programs, such as private career colleges. You may be able to get advanced standing.
Here is a list of some bridging programs. These programs can help you assess your education and skills, get practical training or improve your language skills so that you can work in your field.
Here is a list of some language training programs, such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT) and Occupation Specific Language Training (OSLT).
Many college programs and bridging programs in this field include co-operative (co-op) work experience.
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