This is a question I’ve heard time and time again in my professional career. There are many reasons why one would choose to pursue these careers.
First, let’s take a look at what each of these professions entails: Laboratory Assistant – An individual who works in the laboratory setting, typically assisting the lead lab assistant or technologist with daily tasks such as preparing reagents for use in experiments, helping run samples through different instruments, etc. EKG Technician – Responds to calls for patient services, records tracings from EKGs performed on patients/employees, assists staff physicians with electrocardiograms (EKGs), performs routine preventive maintenance on all ECG equipment and troubleshoots malfunctions Phlebotomist – Draws blood samples from patients in a medical facility, also called Clinical Laboratory Assistant
The following are three reasons to pursue these professions: 1.) Self-Sufficiency – The ability to provide for yourself is priceless. Being able to make money on your own terms while being self-sufficient speaks volumes of your character and work ethic. 2.) Job Security – There will always be a demand for skilled individuals in the laboratory setting. With that being said, if you have obtained experience via any of these professions under your belt, it makes re-entering the workforce after an absence much easier. 3.) Constant Learning – This is especially true when working with diagnostic medicine. There is always something new coming down the pike that advances the treatment process. One never becomes stagnant or bored in this field. In addition to learning about the latest medical breakthroughs, these professions are customer service based. The ability to interact with people on a daily basis is another crucial attribute for being successful in the workforce.
Most people know that becoming involved in any of these professions can be very rewarding. The one thing they don’t realize is how competitive the job market is when it comes to jobs in this field.
The following are typical requirements or minimum standards one must attain before being hired in most professional settings: Laboratory Assistant – High school diploma or general education degree (GED), phlebotomy certification, medical terminology course EKG Technician – EKG Technician certification, CPR certification, EKG course Phlebotomist – EKG Technician certification, phlebotomy license or certificate.
Although these are the minimum requirements for becoming employed in many cases, they are on the low end of the scale when it comes to real world experience. The ability to work alongside phlebotomists, lab assistants and EKG technicians throughout your employment in any one of these professions is crucial to your success.
The laboratory field is highly competitive. Earning your credentials at NCE will help you get started on the right foot when it comes to obtaining employment in this industry. It can be very frustrating trying to break into this career path with little or no experience, so don’t confront it alone. Enroll at NCE and receive the training and support you need to become a laboratory professional.
Student Testimonials: ” I am so glad i chose NCE for my phlebotomy education. The instructors and office staff are very knowledgeable, caring and patient with all the students! I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in entering into healthcare field.” – Tanya B., former student of our Phlebotomy program “I had a wonderful experience here at NCE. These people really care about me as if I were their own child . They helped me achieve my goals by helping me obtain loans for school or anything else that was needed to complete it. It’s not just about obtaining your license here but also the knowledge that you gain so that you can apply it to your profession. The instructors are very helpful, patient, and understanding of each student’s needs. The laboratory equipment is up-to-date and compared to other schools I have visited before enrolling here at NCE the laboratory looks professional! Thank guys for everything!” – Nidia P., former student of our EKG Technician program “I love my job! I am thankful everyday that I chose NCTI over all the other schools out there. Not only did they prepare me for obtaining my certification but also for working in a lab facility under supervision as well as independently with little or no assistance. I highly recommend NCTI if your looking into laboratory assistant training.” Ann M., current student of our laboratory assistant program
Key Attributes that separate beginners from professionals: 1.) Verbal communication – The ability to communicate effectively with people on the phone, face-to-face and via email is critical for advancing in this field. Asking questions when you don’t understand something demonstrates responsibility and self-sufficiency–two qualities most employers look for when filling positions within their company or organization. 2.) Customer Service skills – This type of work requires excellent interpersonal communication skills including active listening, demonstrating empathy, patience and discretion. A positive attitude will help you succeed here more than anything else, so keep a smile on your face even if things get stressful. 3.) Receiving instruction well – If you are a beginner in any of these three professions, you will be taught precisely how to do your job by a more experienced technician. Being able to receive this information and follow-up with questions when needed is vital.
Weapons of Mass Instruction: The laboratory field is highly competitive. Earning your credentials at NCE will help you get started on the right foot when it comes to obtaining employment in this industry. It can be very frustrating trying to break into this career path with little or no experience, so don’t confront it alone. Enroll at NCE and receive the training and support you need to become a laboratory professional!
Medical laboratory assistants have duties that include running lab tests and preparing specimens. Lab assistants may also be responsible for planting microbiology specimens, performing routine and specialized tests, preparing and staining slides for analysis, recording testing information, cleaning and restocking the lab facility, keeping inventory, and ordering lab supplies.
EKG technicians have a set of laboratory duties that include running EKGs on subjects in both clinical and laboratory settings, providing reports to physicians based on their findings from analyzing EKGs run by other technicians or automated analyzers. They also create printouts from their workstation computers for patients to take home. In addition they calibrate equipment such as electrocardiograph machines according to specifications provided by manufacturers.
Phlebotomists draw blood from veins of patients who have been admitted into a laboratory or setting where they are being tested for certain diseases. They use laboratory apparatus such as vacutainers to obtain blood samples. Phlebotomists also label specimens and enter information about the patient into laboratory computer systems.
If you are someone who wants a career where you make a healthy salary, have the ability to become self-sufficient and always continue learning something new, then pursuing these professions may be for you!