Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants - Emploi d'avenir

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Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

Do the inner workings of a lab fascinate you? Perform various tests, examinations, medical sampling and autopsies. Maintain the medical equipment you use and enjoy a stimulating work environment in a hospital or research facility.

Average salary28$ / hour


Medical laboratory technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, post-secondary educational institutions and government research laboratories. Pathologists' assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist's supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals and universities.

Main tasks

Medical laboratory technicians 

  • Collect blood, tissue and other samples from patients
  • Log patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Perform quality assurance of testing techniques
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Pathologists' assistants

  • 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 samples for chemical analysis and record findings
  • Discard specimens according to established safety procedures
  • Clean and maintain instruments, equipment and supplies
  • May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
  • May supervise and train junior resident pathologists and morgue attendants.



Biomedical Laboratory Technology

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This trade is in highest demand in these regions:

  • Outaouais

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