Careers in Medical Laboratory Technology
What will I do on the job?
Your responsibilities will vary according to the size of the institution for which you work and the extent of services it offers. Your work may include:
- collection, screening and processing of blood transfusion components
- blood glucose determinations for diabetes and hypoglycemia
- isolation and identification of disease-causing organisms
- determination of appropriate antibiotics
- blood-clotting studies to detect hemophilia and related disorders
- blood analyses to aid in the identification of cancer, leukemia and anemia
- communication with patients and medical staff
- use of computer technology and advanced automated equipment
Specialty Areas of the Clinical Laboratory
- measuring levels of chemicals produced by glands and organ systems, analyzing body fluids using techniques of chemical analysis.
- detecting and classifying the different types of cells in blood in order to identify anemias, leukemias, coagulation abnormalities and malignancies, making observations using microscopes, chemical techniques, and electronic counting devices.
- Blood Bank:
- performing serological procedures for detection of various conditions, preparing blood products for patients with long-term illnesses and cancer.
- detecting and identifying bacterial, fungal, parasitic and viral organisms that cause infection and disease.
Average MLT Salaries in Oregon
The average salary for a Medical Laboratory Technician in Oregon is $44,000, according to the Oregon Employment Department (OED).
Many facilities also offer outstanding benefits, including health, dental and life insurance, and retirement.
Who Will Hire Me?
As a medical laboratory technician, you will find job opportunities in a variety of settings:
- hospital laboratories
- independent clinical laboratories
- physicians' office laboratories
- local and state health agencies
- sales and service industry
- education institutions
- consulting firms
- volunteer organizations
- blood banks
- veterinary clinics and hospitals
The demand for competent, skilled medical laboratory technicians is high and is expected to increase significantly in coming years.
Professional organizations are an important part of preparing for and working in any health care profession. They provide continuing education, certification standards, scholarships, and information on legislation affecting our profession, A few of the many professional organizations that serve the interests of the medical laboratory professions are:
- The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
- The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
- International Federation of Biomedical Laboratory Science
- American Medical Technologists (AMT)
- American Society of Phlebotomy Technicians