Healthcare: Medical Lab Technicians (MLTs)
Medical Lab Technicians analyze the samples that doctors take from patients. The MLT must provide the most reliable results possible to help the doctor make an accurate diagnosis. MLTs tend to be people who are detail oriented, committed, responsible, dependable, and professional. They are comfortable juggling multiple tasks and managing their time wisely. They like knowing that their detective work helps people.
Upon completion of their training, MLTs are prepared to:
• Collect, process and preserve blood and other body fluid samples.
• Perform and report laboratory tests in a variety of laboratory settings.
• Operate laboratory equipment and instruments, performing preventive and corrective maintenance as required.
• Identify pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical variables that affect procedures, instruments and results, and take appropriate corrective action.
• Perform mathematical functions as required by laboratory procedures.
• Perform and monitor quality assurance and quality control techniques.
• Practice laboratory safety and regulatory compliance.
• Perform information processing functions in the clinical laboratory.
• Apply laboratory results to diagnosis and treatment of clinical conditions and/or diseases.
• Communicate with colleagues and patients in a professional manner.
• Work effectively as a team member recognizing the comprehensive impact this has on health care
MLTs can obtain national certification by taking the national certification examination for Medical Laboratory Technology offered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) Board of Registry.
Medical Lab Technicians earn between $27,000 and $58,000, depending upon prior experience and skill. MLTs may continue their coursework and training to become Medical Lab Specialists.
To explore MLT training and internship programs, click here.
The biotech industry is a fast-paced industry that uses some of the latest technology to create drugs to treat a wide variety of diseases. There are many roles for an entry level employee in the biotech industry. A few possible options are Laboratory Technicians, Laboratory Assistants/Associates, Manufacturing Technicians, Research Assistants/Associates, Clinical Lab Assistant/Associates, Animal Care Technicians, and Quality Control Technicians. Entry level jobs in these areas can earn between $27,000 and $71,000, depending upon prior experience and skills.
People who work in this field are often described as being insatiably curious, good at taking all types of influencing factors into consideration, and team players. Because of the importance of complying with the US Food and Drug Administration, it is important that regulations are followed carefully and that employees are very focused and attentive to details. For safety reasons, individuals must be comfortable having their work reviewed by others. This is a good field for those who like science, working in a lab, and working with their hands. Successful employees in this field have perseverence, take initiative, and take responsibility for their work. It's not uncommon for employees to stay at work late to meet a deadline.
Upon completion of their training, Laboratory Technicians are prepared to:
To learn more about the state of biotechnology in Massachusetts, click here to access a powerpoint created by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the trade and membership organization for biotech companies.
To explore biotech training and internship programs, click here.
To watch videos that illustrate what it might be like to work in biotechnology, click on the links below.
Genzyme created four videos to illustrate what it's like to work at their company. Watch them here.
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