Medical Laboratory Technicians
About the job
Medical laboratory technicians play an important supportive role in medical labs. Medical laboratory assistants may collect blood, tissue, or other samples from patients, log patient samples, and prepare them for testing. They also assist medical laboratory technologists by conducting routine medical laboratory tests and setting up, cleaning, and maintaining medical laboratory equipment.
Phlebotomists or blood bank technicians draw blood from patients or blood donors for medical testing and may also help prepare and process the blood for testing.
This work demands close attention to detail. You must have good manual dexterity and be comfortable working with instruments and technology. Good communication skills and the ability to cooperate with others are important. You should be responsible, dependable, and willing to keep pace with rapid developments in the field.
Labour Market Information
The employment outlook over the next few years for this occupational group is “fair”, which indicates the chances of a qualified individual finding work is around average. This is a moderate sized occupation in Nova Scotia, with employment around 850, and so some job opportunities may occur through turnover. The number employed in this occupation is expected to grow significantly over the next five years, which will provide additional opportunities for employment. With 20% of workers being 55 years of age and older, retirements are expected to contribute somewhat to employment opportunities over the coming years. Medical Laboratory Technicians may either be working full-time or part-time hours. Furthermore, the jobs may either be permanent or temporary positions, as both are common.
The median employment income for 55% of individuals in this occupational group who worked full-time, year-round in 2010 was $46,969. The median income for the occupation overall was $37,750
(Source: 2011 National Household Survey)
|Estimated employment in 2011||Estimated change in employment between 2011 and 2016||Estimated openings due to growth and retirements, 2011-2016||Estimated rate of unemployment in 2014||Estimated hourly earnings in 2013|
|Area of Employment||% Employed|
|Industry of Employment||% Employed|
|Rubber, Plastics & Chemical Manufacturing||2.8|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||90.6|
|Less than high school graduation certificate||3.5|
|High school graduation certificate or equivalent||18.7|
|Trades certificate or diploma||11.6|
|Non-university certificate or diploma||34.4|
|University certificate or diploma below bachelor||14.2|
|University bachelor's degree||13.5|
|University post graduate degrees||4.1|
Hourly earnings data are from the Labour Force Survey by Statistics Canada. Data are not available for all occupations. Hourly earnings are calculated based on usual hours worked per week. This is how an annual salary, for instance, gets converted to an hourly rate. The data include full and part-time workers along with new and experienced workers. Self-employed workers are excluded.
Annual employment income data reported in the Work Prospects section, are from the 2011 National Household Survey by Statistics Canada. Much of the data (around 70%) came directly from tax records. The data relates to the year 2010 and includes total wages and salaries and net income from self-employment.