When you go to the clinic when you’re sick, there are many people involved in taking care of you. From the receptionist to the person that takes your blood pressure, everyone performs a specific task to get you on the path to wellness. Someone you may not see is the medical clinical laboratory technician, running the important tests that doctors use to diagnose you. The duties of a medical lab technician involve high levels of skill, flexibility and patience, but the outcome of helping others is extremely rewarding. If you’re interested in taking medical lab technician training, now is a good time: employment opportunities are expected to grow 30 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than other occupations.

Think you’re fit to be a medical lab technician? Keep these things in mind before diving headfirst into the world of medical lab training.

Perform Tests and Collect Samples

In a nutshell, you’ll need to evaluate important data from samples and identify health conditions that need to be treated, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. More specifically, your day-to-day tasks might include examining body fluids, such as blood, urine and tissue samples and documenting your findings or studying blood samples for compatibility for a patient. Through your medical lab training, you will gain experience using professional equipment to perform your necessary tests. Most of what you need to know you’ll learn in school, but soft skills, like the ability to communicate well, you’ll glean from on-the-job training.

Medical Lab Technicians Think Analytically

A medical lab technician must have strong analytical skills to perform well in hospital and clinical settings. Just because you’re often not seen by the patients doesn’t mean you’re not doing complex work. Depending on where you work, mornings will be a busy time, meaning you’ll need to think on your feet and devote your full attention to every sample you’re given. Although you will likely be faced with your fair share of difficult, crucial tasks, with top-notch training, you’ll be able to work through every sample with finesse and find joy in completing your tasks.

Difficult at first, the job of a medical lab technician can be one that you can grow into and find easier over time. Once you think you’ve found a routine, it doesn’t have to stop there: you can choose to continue your medical training and become a medical lab technologist and advance your career. With every step you take further into the medical field, your education in the classroom plays a major part in that. CTAE provides a great atmosphere and programs to help you propel your professional, and in turn personal, life forward.

READY TO ENROLL? For CTAE’s MEDICAL CLINICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN ATD PROGRAM July 2016 courses, applications are due by Thursday, April 21. However, applications will be accepted until classes are filled.