Clinical Laboratory Technicians work in a wide range of healthcare settings where they assist qualified physicians by collecting and studying samples and performing various tests to analyze tissue, bodily fluids and other substances. You analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings. As a Clinical Laboratory Technician you study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types. You operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters. You are efficient with automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time.
To become a clinical laboratory technician you must complete a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences. Certification is required in most states. Clinical laboratory technicians must be detail-oriented and passionate about laboratory work. They must understand how to operate complex medical equipment and have superior manual dexterity. Clinical laboratory technicians often spend hours on their feet examining and analyzing samples non-stop during their shift. This requires above average physical stamina.
At your interview for a clinical laboratory technician post, the interviewer will want to know more about your laboratory experience particularly with analyzing blood and tissue samples. Before going for the interview give some thought to how you will answer questions pertaining to your strengths as they relate to this job. Also, be prepared to emphasize that you are genuinely interested in lab work. Read more clinical laboratory technician mock interview questions to get a better idea of what types of questions to expect at your interview.