As a child was the microscope like magic to you? Are you fascinated by the world of microorganisms? Whether you found your love for cells in childhood, cracking through microscope slides, or later in life (when you might not have cracked so many slides), you may turn your love into a career. Clinical laboratory personnel analyze cells and body fluids--they examine bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms. What is truly great about this laboratory work is that its "magic" goes beyond the fun factor: clinical laboratory personnel may match blood for transfusions, test for drug levels in blood to see how a patient is responding to treatment, and may perform other functions that contribute to the health of others.
Personnel are generally divided into two categories: clinical laboratory technologists and clinical laboratory technicians, with technologists undergoing more complex tasks. In addition to working with traditional laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters, laboratory personnel may increasingly work with computers, especially with laboratory automation programs. While education requirements may vary by employer, you generally need an associate's degree to be a laboratory technician and a bachelor's degree to be a laboratory technologist. Searching through Medi-Smart's online degree and other laboratory degree programs may help you decide which laboratory path could be right choice for you.
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