Medical laboratory technologists

Medical laboratory technologists

NOC
3211

Conduct medical laboratory tests and procedures to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

78
 

Median Hourly Wage

$33.00
$21.40
Low
$40.00
High

Median Salary

$60,928
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

644
 

% Working Full Time

88%
 

% Working Full Year

78%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Medical laboratory technologists conduct medical laboratory tests, experiments and analyses to assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, blood banks, community and private clinics, research facilities and post-secondary educational institutions. Medical laboratory technologists who are supervisors are included in this unit group.

Main Duties

Medical laboratory technologists perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Set up, operate and maintain laboratory equipment
  • Conduct and interpret chemical analyses of blood, urine, and cerebrospinal and other body fluids
  • Study blood cells and other tissues to determine their relation to various physiological and pathological conditions
  • Prepare tissue sections for microscopic examinations using techniques to demonstrate special cellular tissue elements or other characteristics
  • Perform and interpret blood group, type and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes
  • Establish procedures for the analysis of specimens and for medical laboratory experiments
  • Conduct quality control assessment of testing techniques
  • May supervise and train other medical laboratory technical staff, students and helpers
  • May assist pathologists during autopsies.

Medical laboratory technologists may specialize in areas such as clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, histotechnology, immunohematology, cytotechnology and cytogenetics.

Also Known As

  • clinical immunology technologist
  • cytogenetics technologist - medical laboratory
  • histology technologist
  • immunohematology technologist
  • medical laboratory supervisor
  • medical laboratory technologist
  • medical technologist - medical laboratory
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • A two- or three-year college program in medical laboratory technology is required and A period of supervised practical training may be required.
  • Registration with a regulatory body is required in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is usually required by employers.

Provincial Regulation

  • Provincially Regulated: Yes
  • Compulsory: Yes
  • Red Seal: No
  • Certified Interprovincial Mobility: Yes
Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

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80.9%
Female
19.1%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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3.6%
15-24
32.1%
25-34
23.2%
35-44
24.1%
45-54
15.2%
55-64
1.8%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.0%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
0.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
0.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
61.3%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
38.7%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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91.9%
Health care and social assistance
4.5%
Public administration
1.8%
Professional, scientific and technical services
1.8%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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13.60%
Northeast
30.90%
Southeast
28.20%
Southwest
19.10%
Central
8.20%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

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$57,355
Northeast
$61,464
Southeast
$60,127
Southwest
$61,246
Central
$62,577
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$33.00
$21.40
Low
$40.00
High

Southeast

$33.00
$21.40
Low
$40.00
High

Southwest

$32.00
$21.40
Low
$35.00
High

Central

$33.00
$21.40
Low
$40.00
High
No Data Available
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$60,928

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$61,689

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$60,928

Newfoundland

$67,226

Prince Edward Island

$57,074

Nova Scotia

$64,265

Canada

$63,316
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

78
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

13
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

63
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

246
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

35
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

209