Laboratory Technician Job Description and Profile

Laboratory technician’s main responsibility is to perform routine medical or clinical laboratory examinations for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of disease. They work under the general supervision of a Physician or medical technologist. They administer tests of blood, bodily fluids, and tissue in an attempt to assist physicians or medical technologist in treating and diagnosing ailments.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducting chemical analysis of urine and blood, using automatic or microscope analyzer to detect diseases or abnormalities.
  • Adjusting, setting up, maintaining and cleaning medical laboratory equipment.
  • Analyzing the results of experiments and tests to ensure consistency to specifications, using electrical and mechanical devices.
  • Analyzing and recording test information to issue lab reports that use graphs, charts, and narratives.
  • Performing medical research to cure and control disease, conducting blood tests for blood transfusion purposes, and performing blood counts.
  • Obtaining specimens, isolating, cultivating, and identifying microbes for analysis and examining cells stained with color to locate abnormalities.
  • Preparing standard volumetric reagents and solutions to combine with samples, following experimental procedures or standardized formulas.
  • Preparing serums and vaccines by standard laboratory techniques, testing for virus sterility and inactivity.
  • Testing processes, finished products, and raw materials to determine quantity and quality of characteristics or materials of a substance.
  • Conducting accurately various complex and simple analytical tests on various samples.
  • Recognizing erroneous outcomes, reporting them immediately, and ensuring all sampling methodologies or processes are well controlled and documented.

Skills and Specifications

  • Sound knowledge of analytical test procedures.
  • Good knowledge of standard techniques to collect samples.
  • Good computer skills such as spreadsheets and word processing.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal skills and strong team working skills.
  • Should be able to think and operate independently.

Education and Qualifications

  • Degree in medical or laboratory technology from an accredited institution.
  • Certification in laboratory technology from a certified college.