While not always seen, medical laboratory professionals play an important role in the healthcare industry. From running tests to helping detect disease, these healthcare professionals are essential when it comes to the diagnoses and treatment of patients. Medical laboratory careers offer an abundance of opportunities.

About Medical Laboratory Careers

There are a variety of medical laboratory career paths and roles to choose from depending on the level of education, interests and personal preference. Positions within the medical laboratory field typically consist of several different levels including directors, supervisors, scientists, technologists and technicians. Below are some job titles you could expect to find in a medical laboratory setting: 

  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Medical Technologist
  • Cytotechnologist
  • Pathology Assistant
  • Histotechnician
  • Phlebotomist

Working in a lab requires extremely detail-oriented skills. Many people who choose a medical laboratory career path prefer working with the science and technology aspects of the medical field, as opposed to working directly with patients. Medical laboratory professionals also typically have excellent technical skills and experience working with medical equipment.

Medical Laboratory Jobs

Medical lab professionals have  a number of duties including collecting blood samples, preparing samples for microscopic examination and analyzing specimens to diagnose diseases. Other responsibilities include taking care of the laboratory equipment and preparing data reports that are given to physicians.  

While the standard work environment for medical lab professionals is a well-lit, sterile lab with high-tech equipment, the location of the actual facilities can vary. For instance, some professionals work in large medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics, but others might work for a lab that’s owned by a corporate company, a university or a government-owned space, making this a career path that can fit many different lifestyles. 


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