A medical laboratory technician, also called a lab tech, collects medical samples such as blood specimens, prepares slides for examination and performs basic clinical lab tests, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Each state regulates the practice of lab techs, and requirements differ from one state to another.
The Degree Matters
Medical laboratory technicians and clinical laboratory technicians typically have associate degrees, according to Explore Health Careers and the BLS. Bachelor's degrees are required for medical laboratory scientists as well as clinical laboratory technologists, who supervise lab technicians. However, a biology degree might not meet all the requirements for lab professionals. Clinical laboratory science, for example, is usually required to become a lab tech, and a biology degree might not include that component. In addition to a degree, some states require a license or certification in the field. Some employers might also require certification even when the state does not.
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