Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) is a branch of medicine that uses clinical laboratory testing to diagnose, track the progress of the disease and treatments, help in choosing the treatment and or disease prevention modalities. This entails analysing various body fluids, tissues and blood. Medical Laboratory Technologists use laboratory equipment to do most of their responsibilities, such as preparing slides of human tissues or other specimens. They also do activities including blood tests and blood typing. Their job comprises carrying out difficult procedures and tests to assist other healthcare professionals engaged in detecting, diagnosing, and treating disorders in patients.
As the number of private hospitals, nursing homes, biochemical laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, pathological laboratories, and other medical facilities grows, correspondingly rises the demand for Medical Laboratory Technologists.
A Medical Laboratory Technologist with sufficient professional experience and expertise can apply for supervisory roles in laboratories and hospitals, such as Laboratory Manager, Hospital Outreach Coordinators, Laboratory Information System Analyst, Consultant, Health Care Administrator, and Educational Consultant. Both government-owned and commercial enterprises have many job opportunities for these professionals.