Performs complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
This career is part of the Health Science cluster Diagnostic Services pathway.
A person in this career:
- Conducts chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
- Analyzes laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
- Operates, calibrates, or maintains equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
- Collects and studies blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
- Enters data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.
- Establishes or monitors quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
- Analyzes samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
- Sets up, cleans, and maintains laboratory equipment.
- Provides technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
- Cultivates, isolates, or assists in identifying microbial organisms or performs various tests on these microorganisms.