Medical Laboratory Technicians

Military Career

General Information

Description

Medical laboratory technicians perform and/or supervise the application of basic and advanced laboratory procedures such as: collecting, processing and analyzing biological specimens and other substances; performing clinical diagnostic laboratory tests; and, monitoring and reporting results. They conduct these laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and other medical disorders.

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Work Environment

Medical laboratory technicians work in medical centers, clinics, and hospitals on land or aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Medical Laboratory Technicians in the Military

2,368

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Salary

Average Salary

$54,273

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 45%
  • Associate's degree 30%
  • Post baccalaureate 10%
  • Master's degree 6%
  • High school 4%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Medical laboratory technicians in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include: Medical laboratory proceduresStudy of human parasites and diseasesLaboratory administration and record keeping

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Knowledge

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Mathematics
  • English Language

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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