With a latex-gloved hand, you place a glass slide under your microscope and adjust the magnification. This specimen contains cells from a patient with a bad sore throat. Your job is to find out if the patient has strep throat. The doctor needs to know because a Streptococcus infection can lead to serious diseases such as pneumonia.
Looking through the eyepiece, you spot the classic shape of Streptococcus pyogenes. Without tests like this one, today’s high-quality health care would be impossible.
Clinical laboratory technologists examine body fluids and tissues for signs of disease. They conduct and supervise complex tests and manage labs for hospitals, doctors, diagnostic-services companies, blood banks, clinics, and more.
“Technical skills alone do not get the job done -- results must be communicated accurately and completely.” Marcia A. Armstrong, Director, Medical/Laboratory Technology and Phlebotomy Programs, University of Hawaii, Kapiolani Community College
An analytical, accurate, and organized fan of science, technology, and medicine.
If you work in a large hospital, you could be called into work at night or on the weekend for emergencies.