Medical laboratory technologists conduct experiments/analyses of medical specimens and samples.
Medical laboratory technicians conduct supervised routine tests and maintain medical laboratory equipment.
Pathologists' assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens and perform autopsies under supervision.
Respiratory and radiation therapists; medical sonographers and radiological technologists; and nuclear medicine, cardiology, electromyography and electroencephalographic technologists perform diagnostic tests, X-rays, and treatments.
Clinical perfusionists operate and monitor circulation and other technical devices during open-heart surgery.
Dietary technicians assist food service professionals.
Prosthetists and orthotists design, build, fit, and repair artificial limbs, braces, and other prosthetics and orthotics.
1. Health care and social assistance - 78.0%
2. Other professional scientific and technical services - 8.0%
3. Educational services - 3.0%
4. Scientific research and development services - 2.0%
5. Miscellaneous manufacturing - 1.0%
6. Public administration - 1.0%
1. To be a medical technologist or technician, you must have a high school diploma and specialized training.
2. You usually need a college program or a bachelor's degree and supervised practical or clinical training.
3. You may need registration or certification within a professional association.
4. You may need a licence in the province/territory where you'll work.
5. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma and almost 3 in 10 have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Medical Technologists and Technicians (Except Dental) is $21.87/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.