Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

NOC
3212

Conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment; assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

43
 

Median Hourly Wage

$22.15
$15.00
Low
$33.00
High

Median Salary

$37,412
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

440
 

% Working Full Time

78%
 

% Working Full Year

69%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Medical laboratory technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, post-secondary educational institutions and government research laboratories. Pathologists' assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist's supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals and universities.

Main Duties

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

  • Collect, sort and prepare blood, tissue and other samples from patients
  • Log and validate patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Perform quality assurance of testing techniques
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Pathologists' assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients' medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
  • Prepare, assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists' supervision
  • Dissect, examine, weigh, photograph and X-ray organs and specimens, collect tissue samples for chemical analysis and record findings
  • Discard specimens according to established safety procedures
  • Clean and maintain instruments, equipment and supplies
  • Develop and maintain processes for laboratory quality control
  • May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
  • May supervise and train junior resident pathologists and morgue attendants.

Also Known As

  • medical laboratory assistant
  • medical laboratory technician
  • pathology assistant
  • phlebotomist
  • phlebotomy aide
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Medical laboratory technicians/assistants require completion of a college certificate program in medical laboratory science.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is usually required by employers for medical laboratory technicians/assistants.
  • Combined laboratory and X-ray technicians require completion of a combined laboratory X-ray technology program.
  • Pathologists' assistants require some post-secondary courses or a university degree in life sciences and Specialized on-the-job training.
  • Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology - Board of Certification or Pathologists' Assistant Certification Examination is usually required by employers.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

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90.7%
Female
9.3%
Male
Employment by age

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17.6%
15-24
33.8%
25-34
17.6%
35-44
20.3%
45-54
10.8%
55-64
0.0%
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
9.6%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
11.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
54.8%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
24.7%
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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89.2%
Health care and social assistance
5.4%
Professional, scientific and technical services
2.7%
Educational services
2.7%
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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17.10%
Northeast
28.90%
Southeast
25.00%
Southwest
19.70%
Central
9.20%
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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$35,442
Northeast
$36,559
Southeast
$39,652
Southwest
$40,907
Central
$35,988
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.

No Data Available

Southeast

$22.39
$16.25
Low
$43.88
High

Southwest

$22.15
$15.00
Low
$33.00
High
No Data Available
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

$37,412

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$42,077

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

New Brunswick

$37,412

Newfoundland

$49,405

Prince Edward Island

$41,753

Nova Scotia

$41,464

Canada

$42,646
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

43
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

9
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

33
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

134
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

24
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

114