Medical Laboratory Technicians (MLTs) are clinical professionals who, under the supervision of other medical scientists such as medical technologists and pathologists, perform and interpret laboratory procedures vital to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.
MLTs are responsible for preparing lab specimens, drawing blood samples, operating microscopes and automated instrumentation, reading computer screens and reports, and understanding differential test reactions. Therefore, fi ne motor coordination, visual acuity, and attentiveness to detail are essential skills required for basic job performance.
Laboratory professionals work in a wide variety of settings, from hospitals and doctors’ offices to research facilities and public health organizations. MLTs can make critical contributions to health care, for example: