Medical laboratory scientists are responsible for performing laboratory tasks related to the medical field for their organization. They are in charge of completing routine medical analysis, quality control testing, and other research activities. Medical laboratory scientists need to pay strong attention to detail to prevent human error, as well as laboratory instrument failure. These professionals also collect specimens, and process them accordingly. In all tasks, the medical laboratory scientists must follow strict privacy and safety protocols to avoid laboratory and material contamination.
One of the scientist's main functions include performing laboratory tool maintenance and organizing laboratory supplies. They also create reports based on their findings and report their progress to the medical laboratory supervisor or administrator in their department. Medical laboratory scientists review procedures and draw conclusions, creating knowledge to use during future projects. They take part in regular training sessions and learn about new technology devices and techniques as applicable.
A bachelor's degree in a science-related field is generally the minimal educational requirement for this job. Extensive laboratory training is also necessary for this position. Previous relevant experience is needed as well. Medical laboratory scientists must possess strong analytical skills, be organized, and have excellent communication skills. They should work well in a team setting, and they should also work well on their own with minimal supervision. Medical laboratory scientists must be proficient with basic office software to create detailed reports and communicate through online means with other medical professionals.
Medical Laboratory Scientist Tasks
Perform medical testing, scientific examinations, and molecular diagnostics.
Enter results data and ensure accuracy of test results.
Assess functionality of, maintain, and adjust laboratory equipment.
Collect and analyze body fluid samples for various diseases, deficiencies, and drug levels.