Medical laboratory scientist

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in formalized laboratory settings. They test samples and conduct tests to diagnose diseases and provide information about further treatment and future prevention.

Duties and tasks

  • Advising medical professionals on the results of tests and offering suggestions for diagnosis and treatment
  • Analysing samples for consistency, makeup, and irregularities
  • Maintaining laboratory equipment and making minor repairs as needed
  • Operating microscopes and other equipment to test and examine samples
  • Receiving tissue and other samples for experimentation and analysis
  • Working with occupational health authorities to ensure laboratories are kept up to code and established regulations

Skills required

  • Active listening skills
  • Excellent knowledge of science
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Use of logic and reasoning to solve complex problems

Working conditions

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in the laboratories of hospitals, clinics, privately funded scientific centres, etc. At times, they may also work at universities or in governmental agencies.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Institute of Medical Scientists 

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