How to Become a Medical Laboratory Technician

Many people think that working as a medical laboratory technician is exciting, especially for introvert people who like to work behind the scenes, medical laboratory technician is one of the perfect jobs among so many medical jobs opts. A medical laboratory technician work as highly skilled scientists to performs tests that detect the absence or presence of disease. The minimum wage that could be obtained by a medical laboratory technician is $38,370 while a medical laboratory technologist could take home $59,430 per year. This job’s demand keeps growing day by day, if you are one of so many medical students who are looking for this job, you better read several requirements to be a medical laboratory technician, such as follows:

Education

A two year associate degree is required to hold the title of a medical laboratory technician or clinical laboratory. In fact, a job with the title medical laboratory scientist/technologist requires a bachelor’s degree. Candidates must obtain this education through a program accredited by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). It is not difficult to find the training programs since it is available all over the country.

Training

The on-job-training will be given when the prospective technicians have attained training in the classroom. The training period depends on the employer’s policies and a technician’s previous experience and a healthcare or medical professional is the primary trainer.

Licensing and/or Certification

To be registered as a medical laboratory technician, one must pass a certain exam or undergo a certification process. Details should be obtained through the local state board or department of health. Moreover, besides having a license, it is a must to pass a national certification exam. But you could work as an internship or trainee position if you haven’t obtained a license yet.

Necessary Skills and Qualities

A good medical laboratory technician not only should obtain good technical skills to operate sophisticated biomedical instruments and to collect and analyze data, but also should have an eye for detail and follow directions very well since the accuracy of test results is terribly important to the patient and doctors.

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