Performs routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway, Support Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enters findings into computer.
- Analyzes the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
- Sets up, maintains, calibrates, cleans, and tests sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
- Prepares standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
- Collects blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
- Supervises or instructs other technicians or laboratory assistants.
- Conducts blood tests for transfusion purposes and performs blood counts.
- Inoculates fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
- Obtains specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
- Examines cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.