Medical and Clinical Lab Technicians work in labs and perform tests on many different things. Their work helps doctors and researchers fight diseases and helps to make people healthy again.
• Using a microscope, they look at body fluids and cells.
• Look for bacteria and germs, and also look for things in blood.
• Count cells and look for cells that do not look normal.
• Write reports about what they find.
Where and When:
• Most work in a hospital, but others work in research labs and at universities.
• These labs are very clean, and Technicians must take special care when handling samples and equipment.
• They work normal hours, but some hospital labs are open at night for emergencies.
What or Who They Work With:
• Blood and cell analyzers
Education and Training:
• An Associate's Degree in medical technology or science is required.
• Many have a Bachelor's Degree.
• Some states require a license.
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