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Medical laboratory scientist

What is it like to be a Medical laboratory scientist?

Medical laboratory scientists conduct high-level specialist scientific research and clinical testing in a range of areas within the field of medicine.

Medical laboratory scientists work in a variety of sectors including hospitals, private laboratories, universities, research institutions as well as the pharmaceutical, clinical physiology and diagnostic industries.

For more information about a career as a Medical laboratory scientist, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Medical laboratory scientists have an excellent understanding of science and an eye for detail. You will have a fascination for science along with a logical and reasoning mind to solve complex problems.

  • Able to make clear and precise observations
  • Able to work accurately with attention to detail
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Able to identify and analyse problems and develop practical solutions
  • Able to perform under pressure
  • Able to organise and prioritise work.

To become a Medical laboratory scientist

To be able to become a Medical Laboratory Scientist, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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