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, Support 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.