3212-Medical and pathology laboratory technicians

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Medical and pathology laboratory technicians
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Job Description: 
Medical and pathology laboratory technicians perform clinical tests on specimens of bodily fluids and tissues in order to obtain information about the health of a patient or cause of death.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) conducting chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components
  • (b) operating, calibrating and maintaining equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analyzers
  • (c) entering data from analysis of laboratory tests and clinical results into records-keeping systems and reporting results to medical practitioners and other health professionals
  • (d) analyzing samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction
  • (e) setting up, cleaning, and maintaining laboratory equipment
  • (f) analyzing laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results
  • (g) establishing and monitoring programs to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results and developing, standardizing, evaluating, and modifying procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens
  • (h) obtaining specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganisms for analysis
  • (i) examining cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities
  • (j) inoculating fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Blood-bank technician
- Cytology technician
- Medical laboratory technician
- Pathology technician


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Forensic science technician - 2119
- Pathologist - 2212
- Veterinary technician - 3240
- Phlebotomist - 5329

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