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Clinical Laboratory Technician Work Conditions

Fifty-two percent of medical laboratory technologists and technicians were employed in hospitals in 2010. Most others worked in doctors' offices or diagnostic laboratories:

Hospitals; state, local, and private 52%
Medical and diagnostic laboratories 16%
Offices of physicians 10%
Federal government 3%

Technologists and technicians can be on their feet for long periods collecting samples, and they may need to lift or turn disabled patients. Laboratories are usually clean and well lit. However, some of the materials they use may produce fumes.

Medical laboratory personnel are trained to work with infectious specimens. When they follow proper methods to control infection and sterilize equipment, few hazards exist. They usually wear protective masks, gloves, and goggles for their safety and protection

Most medical laboratory technologists and technicians work full time. Technologists and technicians who work in facilities that operate around the clock, such as hospitals and some independent laboratories, may work evening, weekend, or overnight hours.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition

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