Career Information

Career Information

Medical Laboratory Technology

Career Information

The practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the clinical laboratory. A medical team of pathologists, specialists, technologists, and technicians work together to determine the presence, extent, or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. Laboratory procedures require an array of complex precision instruments and a variety of automated and electronic equipment. However, women and men interested in helping others are the foundation of a successful laboratory. They must be accurate, reliable, have an interest in science and be able to recognize their responsibility for human lives.

As an MLT you will trace diseases in samples of tissues and body fluids, explore the mysterious patterns of micro-organisms and observe the strength of various antibiotics in destroying them, type and cross-match blood for transfusions, identify cellular components and hematologic factors of blood, measure changes in color and substance that occur in chemical testing and perform many other analysis that reveal the causes and nature of disease.

Job Opportunities

Today, there are more jobs for laboratory personnel than educated people to fill those jobs. More laboratories are being operated; more new drugs are being used; more chemical and physical tests are being developed, as the medical profession relies increasingly more on the laboratory for assistance. The future long-term employment looks bright. The need for Medical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists is great everywhere throughout the country.

Go to the Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about clinical laboratory careers.

Career Preparation

To prepare for a career as a medical laboratory technician, you should have a solid foundation in high school sciences- biology, chemistry, math and computer science.

With a career as a medical laboratory technician, you'll have unlimited choices. Unlike many other careers, your education in medical laboratory technology will prepare you directory for a job in:

  • Clinic or Hospital Laboratories
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Biotechnology
  • Veterinary Clinic
  • Public Health
  • Hematology
  • Parasitology
  • Reference Lab
  • Physician Office Lab
  • Sales/Marketing
  • Immunohematology
  • Immunology
  • Research
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Industrial Labs
  • Independent Labs

This program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS): 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont IL 60018-5119.

Phone: (847)939-3597, E-mail: info@naacls.org. and approved by the American Medical Association (AMA). Critical to high-quality health care is the assurance that individuals performing laboratory tests are able to carry out their responsibilities in a proficient manner. Therefore, laboratory personnel are most often certified by one or both of two professional organizations:

The Board of Registry (BOR) of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)

Opportunities for Advancement

The MLT program is career-laddered to becoming a Medical Technologist (MT). Two years of work experience as an MLT plus a baccalaureate degree provides eligibility to take the MT Board of Registry without going through a MT program.