5 signs a medical lab tech career is right for you
There’s never been a better time to start your career in the lab, with Medical Laboratory Sciences forecast to be among Australia’s strongest fields for job growth in the next 20 years.
You don’t need to be a neuroscientist to become a Medical Lab Technician (MLT), but being a bit of a science geek certainly won’t hurt. LTT’s laboratory courses equip you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to take the next step towards a rewarding career.
If you have a keen sense of curiosity, an eye for detail, and pride yourself on completing tasks thoroughly, then a career as a Medical Lab Technician might be just the path you’ve been searching for.
Once you’ve enrolled in LTT’s vocational training, these are the traits required to succeed in the workplace:
You love science and can troubleshoot
There are a lot of misconceptions about what a Medical Lab Tech actually does; you’ll certainly benefit from an appreciation of science (especially biology and chemistry) but you don’t need a University degree to qualify as a lab tech.
If you’re excited to explore the chemical composition of blood cells, or if the idea of testing a tissue sample to find out what has infected a patient sounds like an interesting job, then you’re already on your way. LTT’s in-depth lab courses will arm you with the knowledge and practical training needed to pursue your career, all you need to bring is a healthy desire to learn.
You are detail oriented
A big part of being an MLT is understanding and appreciating the finer, tiny details. You’ll need to analyse, categorise, code and calculate high volumes of samples. Small slip-ups, for example, could affect how a doctor treats their patient, so finding success as a Medical Lab Tech means paying attention to detail and clearly communicating the tiniest of defects in accordance with laboratory protocol and regulations.
You genuinely care about patients
Although being a Medical Lab Technician doesn’t require you to take samples from a patient (no blood handling, phew!) the results given to doctors from your laboratory could impact how a patient is treated. More than 70% of medical decisions are estimated to be guided by lab test results, so you need to be empathetic towards the life behind every sample with you work with.
You want a stable career
Medical Laboratory Science jobs have grown 28% in the last two years alone, and they’re only set to increase further as the Health sector continues to expand. There’s never been a better time to put your passion for science to effective use, employing your keen and curious eye to analyse organic samples and assist in patient treatments.
Do you have what it takes?
If you’re reading this thinking that a career as an MLT may be your calling, then have a look at our Laboratory Technician courses to find out how you can embark on your new career with one of LTT’s world class courses. If you want to know more about a course or have any questions, contact us and a member of our team will be to help.