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The outlook for medical laboratory technicians is very good due to an increase in retirements and an existing shortage of laboratory professionals. Average salary can be $24-$27 per hour in the San Diego County area.

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A Medical Laboratory Technician's (MLT) responsibilities will vary according to the size of the institution for which they are employed and the extent of services it offers. This work may include:

  • Performing routine tests in medical laboratory for use in prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management of disease.
  • Collecting specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Using sophisticated biomedical instruments to generate accurate and reliable test results.
  • Performing medical research to further control and cure diseases.