The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)

MLT Responsibilities

  • Collects, processes and analyzes biological specimens and other substances.
  • Performs analytical tests of body fluids, cells and other substances.
  • Recognizes the factors affecting results and takes the appropriate action.
  • Applies basic scientific principles in learning new techniques and procedures.
  • Relates laboratory findings to common disease procedures.
  • Performs preventive and corrective maintenance on equipment and instruments.

Where does the MLT work?

  • Hospital Laboratories
  • Physician's Offices
  • Reference and Research Laboratories
  • State Public Health Laboratories
  • Federal Government Agencies
  • Industrial Laboratories

Job Projections

Hudson Valley: In 2005, 2040 Laboratory Technician jobs will be available with a starting salary of approximately $35,000.

The U. S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that from 2002 to 2010, a total of 13,200 new Medical Technologists and Medical Laboratory Technicians will be needed each year to meet the demand for laboratory services as the population of the U.S. ages. Wages are expected to rise due to the laboratory personnel shortage.

Rosamaria Contarino
Chair of Laboratory Technology
SUNY Orange
(845)341-4136 or (845)341-4124