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Medical Laboratory Technicians

Health Science

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Work Environment

Medical laboratory technicians work in medical centers clinics and hospitals on land or aboard ships.

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Medical laboratory technicians perform and/or supervise the application of basic and advanced laboratory procedures such as: collecting, processing and analyzing biological specimens and other substances; performing clinical diagnostic laboratory tests; and, monitoring and reporting results. They conduct these laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and other medical disorders.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field and covers tactical and survival skills physical training military life and customs and weapons training. Medical laboratory technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • Medical laboratory procedures
  • Study of human parasites and diseases
  • Laboratory administration and record keeping

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely
  • Interest in scientific and technical work

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