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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, private clinics, research institutions and universities. Pathologists' assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist's supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals. Medical laboratory technologists who are also supervisors are included in this unit group.
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- Conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, and cerebro-spinal 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
- Establish procedures for the analysis of specimens and for medical laboratory experiments
- Perform blood group, type and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes
- May supervise and train other medical laboratory technical staff, students and helpers
- May perform the duties of a pathologist's assistant in some hospitals.
Pathologists' assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
Medical laboratory technologists may specialize in areas such as clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, hematology, histotechnology, immunohematology and cytotechnology.
- Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients' medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
- Assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists' supervision
- Dissect, examine, weigh and photograph organs and specimens, collect tissue specimens for chemical analysis and record findings
- May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
- May train junior resident pathologists and train and supervise morgue attendants
- May perform the duties of a medical laboratory technologist in some hospitals.
Outlook & Prospects for Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants in Nechako Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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Local Labour Market NewsWeek of Aug 19 - Aug 23, 2013
- Thompson Creek will begin production at its Mount Milligan copper-gold mine, 155 km northwest of Prince George. The mine, which has been under construction for two years, will employ nearly 400 people and has an estimated life span of 22 years.
- Vancouver-based TTM Resources has withdrawn its Chu Molybdenum Mine Project in north-central BC from provincial and federal environmental review processes, due to weak financial markets and the depressed price of molybdenum
- National Concrete Accessories is opening a branch in Prince George in early June
- A Costco gas bar originally scheduled to open in June has yet to begin construction and will be delayed until September
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