Medical laboratory technicians perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Collect blood or other samples from patients
B. Receive tissue samples from patients
C. Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
D. Set up medical laboratory equipment
E. Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
F. Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.
1. Health care and social assistance - 82.0%
2. Scientific research and development services - 4.0%
3. Educational services - 4.0%
1. To be a medical laboratory technician, you must have a high school diploma and on-the-job training, or complete a six- to fourteen-month program for technicians/assistants.
2. To be a combined laboratory and x-ray technician, you must complete a Combined Laboratory X-Ray Technology Program.
3. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 2 in 5 have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Medical Laboratory Technicians is $20.32/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and close to the average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.