Medical Laboratory Technician Kaihangarau Taiwhanga Rongoā

Medical laboratory technicians take medical samples and run tests under the supervision of scientists and pathologists.

Medical laboratory technicians need to be registered with the Medical Sciences Council of New Zealand.

Medical laboratory technicians may do some or all of the following:

  • reassure and care for patients they are taking samples from
  • take blood or samples such as fingernail scrapings or throat swabs, and label samples
  • prepare slides of blood and other body fluids, and perform tests on these samples
  • match blood for transfusions
  • examine cultures for bacteria that can cause disease in patients
  • perform antibiotic sensitivity and allergy testing.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical laboratory technicians includes:

  • work in laboratories, particularly in the specimen reception area
  • work in the health sector
  • work with computers and information systems.

Personal Qualities

Medical laboratory technicians need to be:

  • accurate, with an eye for detail
  • able to work alone or in a team
  • competent at record-keeping
  • sensitive when dealing with patients.

Medical laboratory technicians should not be squeamish, as their work involves dealing with body samples.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for medical laboratory technicians includes:

  • work in laboratories, particularly in the specimen reception area
  • work in the health sector
  • work with computers and information systems.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a medical laboratory technician. However, useful English, biology, chemistry, health, physics and maths are useful.

Medical Laboratory Technicians can earn around $39K-$46K per year per year.

Experienced medical laboratory technicians may move into managerial positions.

With further training they may progress to become medical laboratory scientists.

Medical Laboratory Technician

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