Feb 05, 2020
Nature of Job
A Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) is a healthcare professional which performs chemical, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriological diagnostic analyses on body fluids such as blood, urine, sputum, stool, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, and synovial fluid, as well as other specimens. Medical Laboratory Scientists work in clinical laboratories at hospitals, doctor's offices, reference labs, and biotechnology labs.
A Medical Laboratory Technologist typically earns a bachelor's degree in Medical Technology, Clinical Laboratory Science or in a life science.
MLTs are specialists, qualified by additional training to perform more complex analyses than usual within a specific field. Specialties include clinical biochemistry, hematology, coagulation, microbiology, bacteriology, virology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, immunohematology (blood bank), histopathology, cytopathology, genetics, cytogenetics, labs.