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Medical Laboratory Technologist

Medical laboratory technologists perform a variety of laboratory tests and procedures to assist physicians in diagnosing, monitoring, treating, and preventing disease. Medical laboratory technologists in New Brunswick can be found working in areas such as clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, histotechnology, immunohematology and cytotechnology, flow cytometry, and cytogenetics. It’s a detail-oriented profession and a vital one to healthcare delivery in our province. Patients and health professionals need to know that tests are carried out to standard and recorded properly. Medical laboratory technologists examine body fluids and tissues for abnormal chemical levels, cells, or bacteria. They also prepare tissue for examination by a pathologist, determine the blood type for transfusions, and conduct medical research and analyses.

Perfect candidates for this career, in addition to wanting to help in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, must be meticulous and able to follow strict procedures on their own or as part of a team. If you choose a medical laboratory technologist career in New Brunswick, you could be working in one of our hospitals, blood banks, community or private clinics, research facilities, or one of our many post-secondary educational institutions. It’s a career that requires a lot of time on your feet and the proper usage of medical equipment, including goggles and masks. It’s also essential that medical laboratory technologists are diligent and keep up to date with procedures to mitigate risk of encountering infectious materials.

Personal characteristics and skills

  • Ability to do detailed work and maintain a high level of accuracy
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Good colour and form perception
  • Analytical and critical thinking skills, initiative, and good judgment
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to function efficiently within a team and autonomously

Medical laboratory technologists in New Brunswick have a variety of important roles, including but not limited to:

  • Performing routine and specialized test procedures using manual and automated techniques
  • Preparing specimens for analysis (centrifuging, aliquoting, preserving)
  • Analyzing specimens and validating results using established protocols
  • Providing guidance, training, and orientation to other medical staff and students

A medical laboratory technologist’s day may include performing an assortment of activities or may specialize in a particular area and repeat the same series of tests throughout the day.

Medical laboratory technologists work in a variety of settings, such as:

  • Hospital laboratories
  • Public health departments
  • Pharmaceutical laboratories
  • Government or private laboratories

Licensure and certification: must be actively registered and certified with the New Brunswick Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (NBSMLT) and successfully complete the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science Exam.

Education programs offered in New Brunswick include: