Career in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT)

It is necessary that diagnoses undergo associated tests for confirmation. That test helps and ease doctors work and provide them accurate details which are required to deal with that particular disease or disorder. Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) sometimes is also popular as a ‘Clinical Laboratory Science’. It is a part of health profession that helps in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases through the use of clinical laboratory tests. This course or subjects covers range of basic preclinical subjects like Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, and Blood banking. They play an important role by collecting the needed information, sampling, testing, reporting and documentation of investigations.

Key to Success

To be successful in Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Industry you should have/ develop:

  • Manual dexterity
  • Physical skills
  • Empathy
  • Flexibility
  • Ability to follow safety precautions

Scope and Opportunities

Advancement of health care and allied facilities is providing vast scope and bright opportunities for this particular field. Medical laboratory Technologists are considered as the backbone of any healthcare profession as described by the scientific research authorities. The National Policy Draft for Medical Laboratory Technologist recommends state governments to carry out uniform regulatory policies in the recruitment and staffing of medical technicians. This will help to get better career advancement to the medical technologists from the state and central level. They are equally in demand by both the sectors – public and private.

Lifestyle & Social Status

  • Work in shifts in hospitals
  • Working with patients for blood sample
  • Indoor job
  • Well paid after gaining experience

Job Profile

A certified Medical laboratory technician may find opportunities in government, public and private sector hospital, clinical laboratory and blood donor centers (blood banks). In the present time there are numerous openings for medical laboratory technicians is huge. As health care is becoming more corporate and insurance oriented, many of the hospitals and laboratories are seeking national and international accreditation, which insists on employing qualified personnel for undertaking investigations. With adequate knowledge and experience, Medical Laboratory Technologists can advance to supervisory or management positions in laboratories and hospitals. These Laboratory Technologists can also run private laboratories. Postgraduates are employed as tutors in medical colleges.

They will be suitable for appointment as Technicians in:

  • Blood Banks.
  • Hospitals, Nursing Homes and Diagnostic Laboratories.
  • Various firms Manufacturing Vaccines.
  • Diary Industries.
  • Municipal Water Testing Laboratories.
  • Pharmaceutical Labs.
  • Public Health Labs.
  • Various departments of the Medical College
  • Self-employment by starting own diagnostic laboratory

Skill sets

  • Good at communicating
  • Aware of other cultures’ attitudes to medical treatment
  • Skilled at decision-making and problem-solving
  • Motivated and organized
  • Observant, methodical and accurate
  • Able to work well under pressure
  • Skilled at analysing and interpreting information

Work Value

  • Relief from stress
  • Social Status
  • Job Security
  • Financial stability
  • Increase in concentration power, with an enhanced focus

Current Job Scenario

The graduates after their completion of Bachelor of Science programme in MLT have huge scope of securing a career in various fields. A talented MLT graduate can earn a challenging profession in any of the public or private sector hospitals, blood donor centres, emergency centres, laboratories, and so on. They can get into these firms in various career prospects such as laboratory technician /  technology manager / laboratory manager.
The salary ranges from Rs. 4,500 to Rs. 15,000 for fresher and increases with experience and expertise.

 Top Recruiters

  • Government/ private hospitals
  • Dispensaries
  • Colleges
  • Research institutes
  • Pharmaceutical companies

Course Synopsis

Course Options Certificate course in Medical Laboratory Technology (CMLT) Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology (DMLT) ·         Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Technology (BMLT)

·         B.Sc in Allied Health Science (AHS)

M.Sc Medical Lab Technology (MLT) 
Academic Eligibility 10 +2 (Higher Secondary) 10 +2 (Higher Secondary) 10 +2 (Higher Secondary) Graduation in Medical Laboratory/Allied Health Sciences
Fees Rs. 7k to Rs. 10K Rs. 20k to 30k per annum Rs. 40k to 50k per annum Rs. 60k to Rs. 70K per annum
Expenditure in Metro and Tier-1 Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs
Expenditure in Tier-2 Rs. 1.75 lakhs to Rs. 2 lakhs Rs. 1.75 lakhs to Rs. 2 lakhs Rs. 1.75 lakhs to Rs. 2 lakhs Rs. 1.75 lakhs to Rs. 2 lakhs
Duration 2 years 2 years 3 years 2 years
Mode Regular Regular Regular Regular
Approved NA NA NA NA
Affiliation Respective Hospital Respective University Respective University Respective University
Entrance Exam

Career prospect

  1. Radiology technicians
  2. ECG technicians
  3. Health technicians
  4. Medical & clinical laboratory technician
  5. Operation theater technician
  6. Pathologist
  7. X-ray technician

Entrance Exam

  • For Diploma and B.Sc – Not Available
  • For M.Sc – Institute level exams are there

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