What Does a Laboratory Technician Do?
If you're curious by nature and like science, here’s a job to think about. 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. Lab technicians record their data to help doctors solve medical problems.
Laboratory technicians work in hospitals, diagnostic centers and doctors’ offices.
- Analyze samples
- Design and execute laboratory testing according to standard procedures
- Make observations and record findings
- Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific method
- Organize and store all chemicals substances, fluids and compressed gases according to safety instructions
- Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment including automated equipment and computerized instruments
- Record all data and results with accuracy
- Maintain equipment and assist in ordering laboratory supplies
- Follow all safety guidelines
- Maintain a clean and orderly environment
- Discuss results of laboratory tests with physicians
Laboratory technicians often complete an associate degree program in clinical laboratory science. The Armed Forces and technical schools also offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines. Some states require technicians to be licensed.
A related role is laboratory technologist, which may provide an opportunity for advancement for a technician. A technologist has typically completed a bachelor's degree and may serve in a supervisory role.
- Can operate computerized lab equipment
- Are good at following precise instructions
- Have the dexterity to work with needles and precision laboratory instruments
- You have the ability to work independently
- Work well under pressure
- Are detail-oriented