Health Service Categories and Careers


Medical Laboratory Science relates to many Health Care Sciences which focus on the production and analysis of accurate and reliable test procedures and results in the medical laboratory, usually involving the life sciences (including andrology, cancer genomics, clinical biochemistry, clinical immunology, genomics, genomic counselling, haematology/transfusion science, histocompatibility and immunogenetics, histopathology, microbiology and reproductive science). This important technical and scientific work supports pathology and the diagnosis and treatment of disease. This field also involves medical research and development, biotechnology, mortuary technology, and veterinary pathology. Employment opportunities exist in hospital and community laboratories, private laboratories and companies, government agencies, industry, research institutions, and the armed forces.

Laboratory Science (Medical) Jobs

Medical Laboratory Scientists work in pathology and other laboratories where they undertake testing of blood, tissue, fluid and cells. They receive specimens, run tests, and provide diagnostic and assessment services. They have studied biology, zoology, physics and chemistry; and have practical and technical skills to operate specialised equipment and maintain a safe laboratory environment. Sometimes they are involved in research, data collection and development. Medical Laboratory Scientists work with healthcare science staff and medical staff such as histopathologists or haematologists. They may be responsible for managing the laboratory and a team of assistants. Please refer to the Healthcare Science section for more information.