Careers in the Medical Laboratory

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Careers in the Medical Laboratory

1) Clinical Pathologist $126,000 to $150,000 2) Medical laboratory Scientist $58,6403) Medical Laboratory Technician $36,2804) Histotechnologist $36720 to $550805) Cytotechnologist $41,5606) Phlebotomist $28000

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Careers in the Medical Laboratory!


A clinical pathologist oversees lab tests conducted on body fluids. For instance, pathologists work to ensure that blood and blood products are safe. In microbiology, pathologists identify microorganisms that can cause infections – bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites – so that the most effective treatment can be selected for each particular case.

Members of a laboratory team who employ histologic technology to diagnose diseases, to conduct research, or to instruct others in the science

Prepare specimens and operate automated analyzers.-Perform manual tests in accordance with detailed instructions.-Work under the supervision of Medical Laboratory Technologists or Laboratory Managers.

Vital healthcare detectives, uncovering and providing laboratory information from laboratory analyses that assist physicians in patient diagnosis and treatment, as well as in disease monitoring or prevention.

The primary function of a Phlebotomy Technician is to obtain patient blood specimens by venipuncture or microtechniques.

Laboratory professionals who study cells and cellular anomalies.

Medical Laboratory Scientist

Medical Laboratory Technician




Education: -Earn a bachelor's degree-Take the MCAT which is a multiple-choice test which records scores on the student's abilities in physical and biological sciences as well as verbal reasoning.-Earn a medical degree- Get a medical license: Eligible applicants must have earned a degree from an accredited medical school and finished residency training. Passing a standardized national licensing test is also necessary to get a medical license.- Complete a residency training program: Residency training in clinical pathology typically takes three years to complete.-Get board certified in clinical pathology (optional): Some clinical pathologists choose to seek board certification in the specialty. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, certification is an optional step that may lead to better job opportunities for doctors.-Maintain certification: The ABMS administers a Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program that keeps certified clinical pathologists and other doctors up-to-date in medical training and knowledge of advances in their specialty.

Education:-Completion of either an associate degree program integrating general education, science and medical laboratory science courses; or, a shorter certificate program that focuses on technical courses.-Some states require laboratory workers to be licensed; licensure requirements vary by state but often include completing a bachelor's degree program and then passing a test. Employers may also prefer to hire certified medical laboratory scientists-Requirements for certification also vary by organization, but they often include having a bachelor's degree in clinical or life sciences and completing a specific amount of hands-on training within a medical lab setting.

Education:-You’ll need clinical education in a histotechnician (HT) program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or an associate degree from a community college and training at a hospital.-Currently a license requirement to practice as a histologist differs from state to state. There is not a national license requirement.-Certification: To be sure that laboratory workers are competent and able to perform high quality laboratory tests, the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (BOC) gives two national certification exams for histology, the histotechnician (HT) and histotechnologist (HTL).

Education:-Medical Laboratory Technicians generally have either an associate degree from a community or junior college; a vocational or technical school; or the Armed Forces.-Licensure: Some states require Medical Laboratory Technicians to be licensed or registered. Information on licensure is available from state departments of health or boards of occupational licensing.- Certification: Many employers prefer applicants who are certified by a recognized professional association, such as the American Medical Technologists.

Education:-A Phlebotomy Technician must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. with acceptable training. Phlebotomy Technician programs are available at many accredited colleges and career schools.-Each individual state decides licensing requirements, but most states do not at this time. (Employers prefer to hire experienced workers and may prefer certified applicants who have passed a national examination)

Education:-Interested individuals must attend an accredited program in cytotechnology.-All individuals must possess a baccalaureate degree upon completion of the program.-Upon successful completion of a program, graduates are eligible to take the ASCP Board of Registry certification exam. Individuals interested in becoming supervisors, lab managers and educators may also wish to pursue ASCP certification of Specialist in Cytotechnology.

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