Have you ever wondered…. What happens to the blood sample you give at the doctor’s office? How do doctors diagnose disease? How can you have a rewarding career helping others?.
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Welcome to the world inside the medical laboratory. It’s a world where medical laboratory professionals find answers to these questions and more.
In the laboratory, a highly-skilled medical team of pathologists, specialists, technologists and technicians work together to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide valuable data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment. The fact is, the practice of modern medicine would be impossible without the tests performed in the laboratory.
The phlebotomy technician works directly with patients. They have the important responsibility of collecting blood specimens from patients. They must be accurate and excellent communicators. The phlebotomy technician must set high standards for themselves and be deeply committed to quality healthcare delivery.
Marilee Derr, PBT(ASCP)
In 1998 the average phlebotomist earned $9.00 per hour; an increase of $1.60 per hour from two years before. Because there were not enough certified phlebotomists, 12.3% of phlebotomy positions went unfilled.
The medical laboratory technician works in all areas of the clinical laboratory and searches for basic clues to the absence, presence, extent and causes of diseases. Medical laboratory technicians are dedicated and self-motivated to do their part in providing the highest quality patient care.
Tracy Donahue, MLT(ASCP)
In 1998 the average medical laboratory technician earned $12.90 per hour; an increase of $2.50 per hour from two years before. Because there were not enough certified medical laboratory technicians , 11.1% of medical laboratory technician positions went unfilled.
According to Jobs Rated Almanac, by Les Krantz, medical laboratory technician has 15% job growth, very low unemployment and good job security. Among health care professions, it ranks #4.
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