What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Do:
Medical laboratory technologists (also known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.
Medical laboratory technologists and technicians work in healthcare facilities or laboratories.
Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed or registered. To be licensed, a technologist often needs a bachelor's degree and must pass an exam. However, requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact your state’s department of health or board of occupational licensing.
Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states and by some individual employers. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, or a certification in a specialty, such as phlebotomy or medical biology. Most credentials require that technologists complete an accredited education program to qualify to sit for an examination. Continuing education is required in most cases to maintain certification.
Compassion. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be empathetic while completing challenging tasks. They work closely with patients who may be in extreme pain or emotional stress and whose cooperation they must be able to get.
Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions from physicians in order to perform the correct tests or procedures.
Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians require skill while working with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must be able to handle these tools effectively.
Stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.
Technical skills. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.
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Answered By: Eric C. - 5/16/2012