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.
To become a medical laboratory technician you usually have to complete a VET qualification in laboratory technology or laboratory operations. 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 in Laboratory Technology. Entry requirements may vary, but employers generally require Year 10. For more details, see Section 2. Ask your career adviser about the possibility of starting some of this training in school.
Medical laboratory technicians may perform the following tasks:
Medical laboratory technicians work as part of a team with doctors, scientists and laboratory assistants.
Medical laboratory technicians are employed primarily in pathology practices or hospital laboratories. There are also opportunities with other government authorities such as agriculture departments and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and at universities.
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