Laboratory Technician Career

Career Description:

The laboratory technician takes on different positions and tasks. One may be a clinical lab technician, medical lab technician, dental lab technician, research lab assistant, ophthalmic lab technician and materials lab technician. Each specific training and education to be able to do specialized tasks but there are duties that are generally the same for all types of laboratory technicians.  A laboratory technician has maintenance duties in the laboratory.  One has to make sure that everything is clean, set-up and in good condition.  Monitoring the availability and amount of supplies is also checked by the laboratory technician.  The laboratory technician is tasked to do tests that do not need the expertise of a physician or an expert. Another task is record keeping. The laboratory technician keeps track of supplies and deliveries, label specimens properly and makes inventories.

How to become a Laboratory Technician

An aspiring laboratory technician must have earned a high school diploma or a GED.  While some types of laboratory technicians are trained on the job, some require formal education or training.  A clinical lab technician and dental lab technician need to earn an associate or bachelor’s degree.  While the other laboratory technician careers require one to undergo training programs specific for their position.  There are some types of laboratory technicians which do not necessarily require one to have a license or certification. But obtaining certification or a license, through various certifying and licensing agencies, will give one an edge over the others.

Laboratory Technician Courses, training, programs

Laboratory technology training programs allow one to gain a background of a specific specialization.  Courses cover techniques in testing, analysis and various procedures.  Degree programs include general education courses and various sciences.

TOP 5 colleges/Universities

DeVry University (online learning, multiple locations across America)

Institute for Business & Technology, California

Rasmussen College, Florida

Angly College (online learing)

MedVance Institute, Texas

Laboratory Technician Jobs, opportunities, salaries/pay

The laboratory technician may work in hospitals, diagnostic and medical laboratories, doctor’s offices, government laboratories and universities.  Depending on what type of laboratory technician one is, he may earn from $21,000 to $70,000 annually.

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