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Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

OaSIS code 33101.00

Medical laboratory assistants and workers in related technical occupations perform pre-analysis and pre-testing tasks such as collecting blood and other samples, processing specimens, and preparing special chemicals called reagents for use in testing. They conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment.

Overview

Also known as

  • Medical laboratory aide
  • Medical laboratory assistant
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Phlebotomist
  • Phlebotomy aide

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect, label, sort and prepare blood, tissue and other samples from patients
  • Log and validate patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Prepare chemical reagents to be combined with biological samples for testing
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Perform quality assurance of testing techniques and record results
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Additional information

  • Some employers may require medical laboratory technicians to have a diploma.
  • Medical laboratory technicians may progress to supervisory or technologist positions with a combination of additional education, training and experience.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Chemical technologists and technicians (22100)
  • Biological technologists and technicians (22110)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (32120)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

3 – Occupations usually require a college diploma or apprenticeship training of less than two years; or more than six months of on-the-job training

Major group

33 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Sub-major group

331 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Minor group

3310 – Assisting occupations in support of health services

Unit group

33101 – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

Occupational profile

33101.00 – Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level
Assisting and Caring for Others
4 - High Level
Clerical Activities
4 - High Level
Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance
4 - High Level
Analyzing Data or Information
3 - Moderate Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
1 - Very low amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
2 - Between 35 to 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
3 - About half the time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day
Duration
4 - More than half the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
4 - Highly important
Frequency
4 - Every day, a few times per day

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Government research laboratories
  • Hospitals
  • Medical laboratories
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Research facilities

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Near Vision
4 - High Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
3 - Moderate Level
Categorization Flexibility
3 - Moderate Level
Colour Perception
3 - Moderate Level
Control of Settings
3 - Moderate Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Critical Thinking
3 - Moderate Level
Instructing
3 - Moderate Level
Learning and Teaching Strategies
3 - Moderate Level
Operation and Control
3 - Moderate Level
Oral Communication: Active Listening
3 - Moderate Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Active Learning
4 - Highly important
Analytical Thinking
4 - Highly important
Concern for Others
4 - Highly important
Independence
4 - Highly important