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Medical Laboratory Technician


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Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs) are more in demand now than ever before. All health related fields are rapidly expanding, and the field of medical technology is no exception. MLTs are qualified by education and experience to perform clinical laboratory testing requiring the exercise of independent judgment and discretion. MLTs require no supervision when performing routine tests.

MLTs have active job markets in clinical and bio-analytical laboratories of clinics, hospitals, physicians' offices, medical, dental and veterinary colleges, pharmaceutical companies, public and private research institutions, medical departments of industrial firms, and federal government agencies. In medicine, they are responsible for performing routine analysis on blood and other body fluids to aid the physician in diagnosis and management of disease. They also perform tests to identify primary causes of many types of bacterial, parasitic, fungal, and viral diseases. They do the chemical testing of blood for products of metabolism, and the analysis of blood for blood typing and preliminary testing prior to transfusion. They also help determine the most effective treatments for diseases.