Summary Medical Laboratory Technical Assistant in Canada
Find key facts and figures about working as a medical laboratory technical assistant. The following information is applicable to all Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations (NOC 33101).
Note: Some information in this job profile is based on the 2016 version of the National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Medical laboratory assistants and workers in related technical occupations perform pre-analysis and pre-testing tasks such as collecting blood and other samples, processing specimens, and preparing special chemicals called reagents for use in testing. They conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, post-secondary educational institutions and government research laboratories.
Post-secondary or apprenticeship
This occupation usually requires a college diploma (community college, institute of technology or CÉGEP), an apprenticeship training of less than 2 years, or more than 6 months of on-the-job training.
Median wage in Canada
The job prospects vary across Canada depending on the province or territory.
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- Collect blood, tissue or other samples from patients
- Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
- Set up medical laboratory equipment
- Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
- Clean and maintain medical laboratory and laboratory equipment
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