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Overview:

Medical laboratory technologists conduct medical laboratory tests, experiments and analyses to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, private clinics, research institutions and universities. Pathologists’ assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist’s supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals. Medical laboratory technologists who are also supervisors are included in this unit group.

Tasks:

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

  • Conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, and cerebra-spinal 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.
  • Establish procedures for the analysis of specimens and for medical laboratory experiments.
  • Perform blood group, type and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes.
  • May supervise and train other medical laboratory technical staff, students and helpers.
  • May perform the duties of a pathologist’s assistant in some hospitals.

Job Titles:

  • Clinical immunology technologist
  • Cytogenetics technologist – medical laboratory
  • Histology technologist
  • Immunohematology technologist
  • Medical laboratory supervisor
  • Medical laboratory technologist
  • Medical technologist – medical laboratory
  • Pathology assistant

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Medical laboratory technologists require a bachelor of science or medical laboratory science degree
    or
    A two- or three-year college program in medical laboratory technology
    and
    A period of supervised practical training.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is available for medical laboratory technologists and is usually required by employers.
  • Pathologists’ assistants require a Bachelor of Science degree
    or
    Training and experience as a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or medical laboratory technologist
    and
    specialized on-the-job training.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science may be required for pathologists’ assistants.

Vacancies:

Most opportunities are in Ontario.

Pay Scale:

The wages range from $18.00/hr. to $40.00/hr. as per the location.