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Tips for Preparing to Pursue a Career as a Medical Laboratory Technician

February 5, 2009 SBC-Houston 0 Comments

Hospitals and other healthcare facilities depend upon accurate lab tests when diagnosing and treating patients for various illnesses. The doctors reply upon knowledgeable and trained medical laboratory technicians to assist in this process. They perform a vital role in any healthcare facility. Let's take a look at what a medical laboratory technician does.

What a Medical laboratory Technician Does
Medical laboratory technicians can provide a spectrum of different services. Tasks can depend upon the facility they are employed with and the state of that facility. This being said, many medical laboratory technicians provide similar types of support. Common responsibilities include monitoring tests and medical procedures, preparing samples for analyses, analyzing samples for common bacteria or parasites, identifying blood types for donors and recipients, analyzing blood to ensure patients are effectively responding to treatments, and much more.

Working Environment
Laboratory technicians usually work under the supervision of laboratory technologists, who perform more complicated procedures. Laboratory technicians largely work in hospitals. But there are other environments where medical laboratory technicians are employed. These can include private clinics, independent laboratories, research companies, biotechnology companies, pharmaceutical companies and public health organizations. This allows medical laboratory technicians a great deal of different work environments to pursue.

Tips for Pursuing a Career
Pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician is a popular choice. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, the healthcare industry is expanding and students are finding a renewed interest in positions in the healthcare industry to battle the stagnant job market. Pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician takes more than just an interest.

Employers are searching for medical laboratory technicians that have a strong grasp on medical procedures, health regulations and the basic foundations of medicine. There are medical laboratory technician courses and classes available throughout the nation that help teach emerging professionals the skills necessary to pursue a career in this field. Employers are also looking for job candidates with real hands-on experience. Many programs include externship programs to better familiarize students with the clinical environment of the field. Having this experience can help show employers what you are capable of and comfortable performing daily tasks within the working environment. Having an education and proper training can be paramount to pursuing a job in this technical and exciting field.

Medical laboratory technicians work with many different materials. Many materials like blood and bacteria pose a potential health concern to employees. Medical laboratory technicians must be properly trained to safely handle these materials without putting others at harm or contaminating the sample. To learn more about pursuing a career as a medical laboratory technician, and how laboratory technicians are helping doctors provide care to patients throughout the nation, click here. Start the training you need to pursue a career as a medical laboratory technician and begin the healthcare career that you have been waiting for.

Sanford-Brown College - Houston is close to many locations:
Bellaire, TX - approximately 11.7 miles
Crabb, TX - approximately 13.8 miles
Peters, TX - approximately 52.9 miles
Heights, TX - approximately 48.4 miles

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at (visited January 25, 2009


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