What does a Medical Laboratory Scientist do?
Medical laboratory scientists analyze biological specimens; they perform scientific tests on samples and report findings to physicians. They perform these tests using sophisticated equipment including a microscope and use the data to identify and treat ailments and diseases including cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. They work closely with physicians and medical laboratory technicians to diagnose and monitor disease processes and assist in monitoring the effectiveness of therapy.
Medical laboratory scientists examine and analyze blood, body fluids, tissues, and cells, and relay test results to physicians. They cross-match blood for potential transfusion information and monitor patient outcomes. They perform differential cell counts and check for abnormal cells that aid in the diagnosis of anemia or leukemia. They establish quality assurance to monitor and ensure test results’ accuracy and oversee medical laboratory technicians’ work. Medical laboratory technicians need a bachelor's degree in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, or related fields.
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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a medical laboratory scientist
When working as a medical laboratory scientist, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are ASCP, Dexterity, Effective Communication, Written Communication, and Reviews.
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Medical Technologist
- Laboratory Technologist
The most common qualifications to become a medical laboratory scientist include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.