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Medical laboratory technicians may do some or all of the following

  • prepare slides of blood and other fluids for examination under a microscope
  • follow set procedures when performing tests
  • perform tests on blood, body fluids and body tissues
  • test blood for blood groups and match blood for transfusion
  • examine cultures for bacteria that can cause disease in patients
  • perform antibiotic sensitivity testing
  • operate and maintain laboratory testing equipment
  • collect blood samples and body fluids from patients for laboratory testing
  • work under the supervision of a medical laboratory scientist and/or a pathologist
  • Store or dispose of samples safely
  • Clean and maintain equipment
  • Prepare reports
  • Enter data into databases
  • Order equipment and supplies

Medical laboratory technical assistants need to have

  • the ability to follow procedures
  • good problem-solving and record-keeping skills
  • a thorough understanding of laboratory safety
  • a basic understanding of biological science
  • practical skills for performing experiments and operating scientific equipment.

Medical laboratory technicians need to be

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to follow instructions
  • able to work quickly
  • safety-conscious and careful
  • not squeamish when testing samples.