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What Does a Laboratory Technician Do?

If you're curious by nature, love science and like to work behind the scenes, this is a career to seriously consider. 

Laboratory technicians, also known as medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) and clinical laboratory technicians, collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. 

They use various types of machinery, lab equipment and complex computer programs to perform their tests. Through their data, lab technicians play a crucial role in medical care. 

If you’re interested in the medical field and think this role might be a good fit, keep reading to learn more about training and where this career could take you.

A lab technician works with samples and records the information
Attention to detail is a must-have skill for laboratory technologists and technicians. (Credit: Michal Kowalski/Shutterstock)


  • Analyze samples 
  • Perform tests according to standard procedures
  • Make observations
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment including automated equipment
  • Record all data and results
  • Maintain equipment 
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Maintain a clean, organized environment
  • Discuss results of laboratory tests with physicians

How To Become a Lab Technician: FAQs

The bottom line:

This is an exciting role that offers a good window into the healthcare profession without earning a bachelor's degree. If you don't want to work in direct patient care but you do want to help solve medical problems, this is a great job to consider. If this sounds like a good fit for you, check out SkillPointe's training partners for opportunities. 

Kavita Cain, a lab tech in Ohio, says that much of her time nowadays is spent performing COVID, flu and other respiratory tests.

A day in the life of a lab tech

Kavita Cain, a self-described “lab nerd,” says her job is perfect for an introvert who wants to work in healthcare.

"I like that I do not have any patient contact but still play a huge part in diagnosis and analysis of patient samples," she says.

In fact, she says the best personality trait for a medical lab tech might be the desire to play a critical role and yet remain behind the scenes.

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