To become a medical laboratory technician within a clinical setting, one must complete necessary training programs, get nationally certified, and choose a specialty, such as phlebotomy, toxicology, pathology, or immunology. People in this field must have excellent analytical skills, with a strong basis in math, science, and chemistry. They should then complete an internship or some sort of on-the-job training to eventually work in a lab providing analysis and diagnostics testing.
They should have strong communication skills as well to work as part of a team. Medical lab technicians often work alongside assistants and clinical laboratory scientists, performing drug tests, blood type tests, and surgical biopsy tests to collect research information and provide a basis for diagnosis. Scientists should have a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science or medical technology, along with a year of training. They should obtain certification after passing the necessary board exams, along with the proper licensing.
In order to perform quality testing on health and medical related components, staff members need certain instruments, supply items, products, and diagnostic equipment in order to perform their jobs within hospitals, health clinics, or medical centers. Clinical laboratories usually stock all the basics, like software, reference materials, scanners, beakers, and high tech equipment. But technicians may want to special order certain new and used instruments, methods, or supplies they will need to achieve their particular analysis.
Related fields can include industrial x-ray laboratories, veterinary laboratories, dental and medical laboratories, and analytical laboratories. Various software, test supplies, and products are needed in medical and clinical research, which can be purchased at wholesalers.