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Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical laboratory technicians are sometimes known as laboratory assistants or medical technicians. Their duties are performed under the direction of a medical technologist. Medical laboratory technicians perform tests on tissue, blood and body fluids to help physicians diagnose and treat diseases.

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Work Activities/Environment
A medical laboratory technician's typical duties may include collecting blood specimens, conducting testing procedures, monitoring quality of tests and reporting the results. Most work in hospital laboratories and others are employed by private physicians, public health laboratories, medical research facilities, pharmaceutical companies, universities, industrial medical laboratories and the military. Medical laboratory technicians require a strong attention to detail and analytical skills due to the nature of work.

Academic/Special Requirements
High school students should study biology, chemistry, mathematics and related courses. Students are required to have an associate's degree, or a certificate from a hospital or technical school. Certification, although voluntary, may be required for employment.

Educational Institutions
Blackhawk Technical College
Chippewa Valley Technical College
Madison Area Technical College
Marquette University
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Moraine Park Technical College - Fond du Lac
Northcentral Technical College
Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Rasmussen College - Green Bay Campus
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College
Western Technical College

Hospitals with Associated Educational Programs
Marshfield Laboratories - St. Josephs Hospital and Marshfield Clinic

Average $34,220

Professional Organizations
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins Rd., Suite 150
Rosemont, IL, 60018

American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS)
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA, 22102

American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL, 60603
312/541-4999 or 800/267-2727 (ASCP)

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