Medical laboratory technicians perform standard medical lab tests such as blood tests, immunoassays, and cultures. They must be able to work independently to take lab tests and interpret patient results. They also must work with other health care professionals, such as doctors and nurses, to solve medical problems. Additionally, they are responsible for phlebotomy work, which includes the collection and preparation of patient samples, such as blood, urine, or stool. They must observe patient confidentiality protocols, as they are often working with sensitive personal information.
Medical Laboratory Technician Tasks
Follow health and safety regulations when obtaining patient specimens.
Identify and follow through on potential problems that may negatively affect patient test results.
Perform calibration, testing, and quality control checks for all laboratory tests.