Completing a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or clinical laboratory science. A bachelor’s degree in a science or health-related field (e.g. chemistry or microbiology) may also be considered.
Completing a clinical laboratory program or internship through a hospital-based program or as part of their education.
National certification as a medical technologist (MT), clinical laboratory scientist (CLS), or medical laboratory scientist (MLS).
Previous experience in a health care setting.
Posted as a medical laboratory scientist.
A medical laboratory scientist (MLS), also known as a medical clinical laboratory scientist, works to analyze a variety of biological specimens.
They are responsible for performing scientific testing on samples and reporting results to physicians.
They often work in research and development facilities in areas as diverse as hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, diagnostic labs and chemical companies where they help to create or improve processes, techniques, equipment, products or materials.
What will you do daily
Examining and analyzing blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells
Relaying test results to physicians
Utilizing microscopes, cell counters, and other high-precision lab equipment
Cross-matching blood for transfusion
Monitoring patient outcomes
Performing differential cell counts looking for abnormal cells to aid in the diagnosis of anemia and leukemia
Establishing quality assurance programs to monitor and ensure the accuracy of test results
Overseeing the work of a medical laboratory technician
Problem solving skills
The ability to maintain and calibrate technical equipment
Time management skills
Excellent communication skills
Attention to detail
Where will you work
Medical lab scientists work in hospitals, clinics, forensic or public health laboratories, as well as pharmaceutical industries, biotechnology companies, veterinary clinics, or research institutions.
Depending on the setting, their work hours may vary; but typically labs are run 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This allows for flexibility in scheduling.
Medical laboratory scientists spend the majority of their time on their feet, analyzing test results in the lab.
Medical Laboratory Scientist are employed in most if not all areas of science and there is much scope to vary your career and to travel.
For instance, Medical Laboratory Scientist can move between careers in medical research and diagnostics to manufacturing to drug trials to education.
Within the lab, Medical Laboratory Scientist can progress from assistant technician to technician to senior/lead technician to team leader technician and finally to laboratory manager.