Medical Laboratory Technician

Career Overview

A medical laboratory technician conducts various tests of bodily fluids in a lab setting. Tests may occur for routine lab work, cholesterol readings, or tests for infections. Make sure to use the search box to find Bethany's video!


Completing a two-year college program in clinical laboratory science or a related field is necessary to work in these positions. A "technologist" will likely require a four-year bachelor’s degree.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$26,000 /yr
$38,000 /yr
$61,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Work Environment

Medical laboratory technicians typically work in hospitals, doctor's offices, and diagnostic laboratories or clinics.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada