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Medical Laboratory Assistants in High Demand

15 APR 2014
Career Path : Healthcare


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A medical laboratory assistant is an integral member of the laboratory workforce, a field that is not only growing to meet the needs of an increasing and aging population, but also changing to support medical advances. The Medical Laboratory Assistant collects, processes and prepares patient specimens, enters data, performs clerical and reception services, performs electrocardiograms and urinalyses and carries out basic laboratory procedures. Medical laboratory assistants must be accurate, self-motivated and dependable with a skilled eye for detail and strong client service skills. Medical laboratory assistants enjoy working with people, like direct contact with patients and do not mind shift work. They like being part of a team that is all working towards the same goal, which is to provide the best possible patient care. Would you like to learn more about how Medical Laboratory Assistants are in High Demand? If so, check out this great blog by the National Academy of Health & Business, which provides a comprehensive overview of this exciting career.

“Medical Laboratory Assistants are often considered the “face of the lab.” Many are employed by public and private healthcare facilities to assist in research, carry out reception or data entry duties and acquiring samples such as taking blood or performing electrocardiograms.  Medical Laboratory Assistants are involved in the processing of all samples that come into the lab. They ensure these samples are appropriate and ready for analysis. Medical Laboratory Assistants provide essential services. Population growth, longer life expectancies and demographic shifts due to population aging are all contributing to increasing the demand for health care services.”