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Medical laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and other procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the human body. Future Growth Strong

Medical laboratory technicians work as part of a team with doctors, scientists and laboratory assistants. Medical Laboratory Technicians perform routine medical laboratory tests and operate diagnostic laboratory equipment under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Scientists and Pathologists.


ANZSCO ID & description: 311213: Conducts medical laboratory tests to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.  

Alternative names: Pathology Technical Officer; Medical Laboratory Technical Officer

Specialisations: Phlebotomist - practises the drawing of blood for therapeutic, transfusion, diagnostic or experimental purposes.

  
Some areas in which medical laboratory technicians may work are:

  • Anatomical Pathology where they process samples of tissue that have been surgically removed from the body so that the pathologist may make a diagnosis.

  • Clinical Chemistry (Biochemistry) where they test blood and body fluids to determine abnormalities, often using specialised instrumentation.

  • Cytology where they prepare and stain smears of body tissues or fluids and examine them with a microscope, looking for cancer or cell changes that may lead to cancer.

  • Haematology where they examine blood, determine its type, perform blood counts and generally assist in the study of blood and its disorders in order to diagnose diseases such as leukaemia and iron deficiency anaemia.

  • Medical Microbiology where they receive samples such as wound swabs, urine and faeces, help to isolate and identify microorganisms associated with various diseases and infections, and examine samples for evidence of these microorganisms.

 

Knowledge, skills and attributes

A medical laboratory technician needs:

  • attention to detail
  • able to work accurately and with minimal supervision
  • able to do repetitive work without losing concentration
  • to enjoy practical scientific activities
  • good technical skills
  • an awareness of health and safety issues
  • an enquiring and analytical mind
  • attention to detail, even when repeating the same work tasks
  • patience and accuracy.

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Duties and Tasks

Medical laboratory technicians may perform the following tasks:

  • conduct chemical analyses of bodily substances, such as blood, urine or faeces

  • carrying out routine tests accurately, following strict methodologies

  • use specialised laboratory equipment to detect abnormalities or diseases

  • record results of tests so that they can be communicated to medical professionals

  • set up, maintain, calibrate, and clean medical laboratory equipment

  • prepare standard solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardised formulas or procedures

  • supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants

  • prepare and stain slides of microorganisms for microscopic examination

  • Prepares and stains slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood for histological examination.

  • under supervision, collect blood samples, perform blood counts and carry out tests to determine bleeding, coagulation time, blood types and other characteristics

  • communicate results of tests to the medical officers who have requested them

Working Conditions

In a full-time role, you would normally work standard hours, Monday to Friday. You may need to work out-of-hours if you are doing tests which need to be monitored regularly.

Medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals or diagnostic or pathology laboratories. You may be handling chemicals and substances which may be dangerous or hazardous. You would wear protective clothing.


Education and Training

To become a medical laboratory technician you usually have to complete a VOC qualification in laboratory technology or laboratory operations. You may be able to study through distance education.

You can also become a medical laboratory technician through a traineeship in Laboratory Technology.

You could also complete a degree in science, biomedical science, or biotechnology. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your senior secondary school certificate or equivalent. English, maths, physics and chemistry would be appropriate subjects to study prior to university.

Graduates from accredited courses may be eligible for membership of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS). Some employers require eligibility for professional membership of AIMS.

Employment Opportunities

Medical laboratory technicians are employed primarily in pathology practices or hospital laboratories. There are also opportunities with other government authorities such as agriculture departments and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and at universities.

An increase in the ageing population will lead to a greater need to diagnose illnesses and medical conditions through laboratory procedures. A greater propensity from medical professionals to order a wider range of medical tests will also lead to more laboratory procedures being conducted.

 

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