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NOC 3212 Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

Example Titles
biochemical technician – medical laboratory
biological technician – medical laboratory
blood bank technician
cancer research technician
clinical laboratory technician
combined laboratory and x-ray technician
community health technician – medical laboratory
cytology technician
epidemiology worker – medical laboratory
hematology technician – medical laboratory
histology technician
laboratory assistant – medical
laboratory technician – medical
medical laboratory aide
medical laboratory assistant
medical laboratory helper
medical laboratory technical assistant
medical laboratory technician
morgue attendant supervisor
pathology assistant
phlebotomy aide
renal technician
technical assistant – medical laboratory
technical assistant – pathology

Lead statement
Medical laboratory technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, post-secondary educational institutions and government research laboratories. Pathologists’ assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist’s supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals and universities.

Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:

Medical laboratory technicians

Collect, sort and prepare blood, tissue and other samples from patients
Log and validate patient samples and prepare them for testing
Set up medical laboratory equipment
Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
Perform quality assurance of testing techniques
Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Pathologists’ assistants

Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients’ medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
Prepare, assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists’ supervision
Dissect, examine, weigh, photograph and X-ray organs and specimens, collect tissue samples for chemical analysis and record findings
Discard specimens according to established safety procedures
Clean and maintain instruments, equipment and supplies
Develop and maintain processes for laboratory quality control
May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
May supervise and train junior resident pathologists and morgue attendants.

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