Laboratory Technologist | Kent State University

Laboratory Technologist

  • Do you have a strong attention to detail?
  • Are you interested in laboratory work?

If you answered yes to these questions, a career as a laboratory technologist may be right for you. These professionals are responsible for performing important lab tests that are needed by doctors when diagnosing and treating a patient.

Professionals serving in public health careers are responsible for improving the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. Laboratory technologists do this by ensuring that doctors have the information they need to properly care for their patients.

Laboratory technologists work in laboratories in a variety of medical settings. One of the most common places to be employed is a hospital. When working in any type of lab setting, these technologists can specialize in particular areas such as blood work or microbiology.

Laboratory technologists are responsible for:

  • Using powerful laboratory equipment
  • Analyzing blood, urine, body tissue and cell samples
  • Looking for bacteria, parasites and abnormal cells
  • Typing and cross-matching blood samples for transfusions
  • Completing complex tests in a limited amount of time
  • Working under pressure without sacrificing precision

Professionals in this public health career are responsible for providing doctors with the vital information they need to treat their patients, save lives and cure diseases. The ability to perform at a high level even in stressful, time-sensitive conditions is a must.

At Kent State’s College of Public Health, we can help you prepare for a position in this field as well as many other public health careers. Visit our public health careers page to learn more about the job outlook and salary expectations for this dynamic industry.