How to become a Medical Laboratory Technician

Medical laboratory technicians carry out routine laboratory tests and other procedures used in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the human body.

Personal requirements of a Medical Laboratory Technician

  • Attention to detail
  • Able to work accurately and with minimal supervision
  • Able to do repetitive work without losing concentration

Education & Training for a Medical Laboratory Technician

To become a medical laboratory technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification. As subjects and prerequisites can vary between institutions, you should contact your chosen institution for further information. You can also become a medical laboratory technician through a traineeship. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For further details, visit

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

very strong growth

Employment by state:

ACT 1.5%

NSW 31.5%

NT 1%

QLD 22.3%

SA 6.6%

TAS 2.1%

VIC 19.6%

WA 15.5%

Hours worked:




Gender split:

Male 23.6%

Female 76.3%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 7.5%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 17.9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 31.1%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 21.1%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 17.9%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 4.6%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 36.5%

Above 35 years: 61.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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