MLT professionals play critical roles in collecting the data and information needed to provide care to patients and/or perform research used in the scientific exploration of many areas throughout the larger medical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.
Certified MLT professionals often find employment in hospitals, clinics, public health facilities and other commercial laboratories -- where their training and communication and research skills are highly valued.
Currently, as with all health care occupations, there is a shortage of personnel qualified to work in hospital and biotechnical labs.
The California Employment Development Department estimates the need for medical and clinical technicians in the healthcare industry will increase by more than 17 percent between 2006 and 2016.
Additionally, statistics provided by the United States Department of Labor show that an entry level certified MLT technician in the state of California typically earns a median income of more than $38,000 a year, higher in many locations.
Students who complete the two-year MLT program will receive an associate in science degree in MLT and be eligible to sit for the national certification exam needed in order to receive licensing from the California Department of Health Services Laboratory Field Services Branch.
This video gives a good overview of what an MLT does.
However; in California regulatons restrict MLT's from performing some of the duties outlined in this video such as blood banking and microscopy.