Medical Laboratory Technologists

Apr 22 2020 - 3:09pm

Who are they?

Medical laboratory technologists conduct medical laboratory tests, experiments and analyses to help in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. It has been estimated that 85 percent of medical diagnostic decisions are made based on laboratory results. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, blood banks, community and private clinics, research facilities and post-secondary educational institutions.

What do they do?

Medical laboratory technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up, operate and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, and cerebrospinal and other body fluids.
  • Study blood cells and other tissues to determine their relation to various physiological and pathological conditions.
  • Prepare tissue sections for microscopic examinations using techniques to demonstrate special cellular tissue elements or other characteristics.
  • Perform blood group, type and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes.
  • Establish procedures for the analysis of specimens and for medical laboratory experiments.
  • Conduct quality control assessment of testing techniques.
  • May supervise and train other medical laboratory technical staff, students and helpers.
  • May assist pathologists during autopsies.

What is their background?

  • A two- or three-year college program in medical laboratory technology is required and a period of supervised practical training may be required.
  • Registration with the provincial licensing body is required to work in Nova Scotia.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is usually required by employers.

Employee Profile (NOC 3211)

  • 595 people were employed in this occupational group in 2016.
  • 80% were employed full-time
  • 87% were female and 13% were male
  • The median age is 46.9
  • Where do they work?
    • 51.5%    Halifax
    • 19.4%    Cape Breton
    • 14.2%    North Shore
    • 8.2%      Southern
    • 7.5%      Annapolis Valley

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