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Medical Technicians

ANZSCO ID 3112

Overview

All Medical Technicians

  • $1,159 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 32,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 79% female Gender Share

Medical Technicians operate anaesthetic, cardiac, operating theatre and medical testing equipment, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and fill prescriptions in support of Health Professionals.

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
  • undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
  • recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
  • preparing and staining slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood and for histological examination
  • performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
  • testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
  • setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
  • referring prescriptions to Pharmacists and assisting in preparing medications

Prospects

Pathways

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Biology

    62% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. Customer and personal service

    61% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English language

    56% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Clerical

    55% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. Computers and electronics

    54% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Medicine and dentistry

    47% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  9. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  10. Production and processing

    45% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  11. Education and training

    44% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  13. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Psychology

    32% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  15. Administration and management

    28% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  16. Physics

    28% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Engineering and technology

    26% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  18. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  20. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    48% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  8. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  15. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  16. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  11. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  12. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  19. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  20. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    76% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    76% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Documenting or recording information

    73% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  7. Making sense of information and ideas

    68% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  8. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Working with computers

    64% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    63% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    62% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Training and teaching others

    62% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Controlling equipment or machines

    59% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  16. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  17. Explaining things to people

    56% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Working with electronic equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    49% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    47% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  5. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    87% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  10. Disease or infection

    81% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  11. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Making repetitive motions

    78% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  16. Dangerous conditions

    75% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  17. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Physically close to people

    72% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

All Medical Technicians

  • $1,159 Weekly Pay
  • Strong Future Growth
  • 32,900 workers Employment Size
  • High skill Skill level rating
  • 53% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 41 hours Average full-time
  • 42 years Average age
  • 79% female Gender Share

Medical Technicians operate anaesthetic, cardiac, operating theatre and medical testing equipment, perform and assist with laboratory tests, and fill prescriptions in support of Health Professionals.

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Tasks
  • operating equipment used in diagnosing and monitoring disorders of the heart, kidneys, nervous system and hearing, and in anaesthesia
  • undertaking and assisting with medical analytical procedures and assisting Anaesthetists and surgical teams
  • recording the electrical activity of the heart, from which the heart rate is measured and pattern and rhythm interpreted
  • preparing and staining slides and tissue sections to study the cells of blood and for histological examination
  • performing diagnostic tests on tissues and body fluids and analysing the chemical constituents of blood, urine, faeces and tissues
  • testing for diseases by looking for the presence of antibodies and the products of immune response in samples
  • setting up, checking and maintaining operating theatres, anaesthetic workstations, life support machines and associated equipment
  • referring prescriptions to Pharmacists and assisting in preparing medications

You usually need a formal qualification in a relevant field to work as a Medical Technician. Vocational Education and Training (VET) and university are both common study pathways.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.
  • My Skills to compare Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses, providers and student outcomes.
  • AAPathways website to explore Health Industry and Laboratory Operations VET training pathways.

Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Chemistry

    63% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  2. Biology

    62% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. Customer and personal service

    61% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  4. Mathematics

    59% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  5. English language

    56% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  6. Clerical

    55% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  7. Computers and electronics

    54% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  8. Medicine and dentistry

    47% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  9. Public safety and security

    46% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  10. Production and processing

    45% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  11. Education and training

    44% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  12. Mechanical

    36% Skill level

    Machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.

  13. Law and government

    33% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Psychology

    32% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  15. Administration and management

    28% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  16. Physics

    28% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  17. Engineering and technology

    26% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  18. Communications and media

    19% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  19. Personnel and human resources

    18% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  20. Telecommunications

    14% Skill level

    Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Critical thinking

    48% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  2. Reading comprehension

    48% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  3. Science

    48% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  4. Active listening

    45% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  5. Speaking

    45% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  6. Active learning

    45% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  7. Learning strategies

    45% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  8. Monitoring

    45% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  9. Complex problem solving

    43% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  10. Coordination with others

    43% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  11. Instructing

    43% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  12. Judgment and decision making

    43% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  13. Management of personnel resources

    43% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  14. Operation monitoring

    43% Skill level

    Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

  15. Quality control analysis

    43% Skill level

    Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.

  16. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

  17. Time management

    43% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  18. Writing

    43% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  19. Social perceptiveness

    41% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  20. Operation and control

    39% Skill level

    Controlling equipment or systems.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Oral comprehension

    55% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  2. Oral expression

    55% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  3. Near vision

    54% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  4. Problem spotting

    54% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  5. Sorting or ordering

    52% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  6. Categorising

    50% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  7. Finger dexterity

    45% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  8. Written comprehension

    45% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  9. Inductive reasoning

    45% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  10. Arm-hand steadiness

    43% Skill level

    Keep your hand or arm steady.

  11. Colour discrimination

    43% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  12. Control precision

    43% Skill level

    Quickly change the controls of a machine, car, truck or boat.

  13. Deductive reasoning

    43% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  14. Flexibility of closure

    43% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  15. Manual dexterity

    43% Skill level

    Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

  16. Selective attention

    43% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

  17. Speech recognition

    43% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  18. Written expression

    43% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  19. Mathematics

    41% Skill level

    Choose the right maths method or formula to solve a problem.

  20. Speech clarity

    41% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    80% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  2. Collecting and organising information

    76% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  3. Making decisions and solving problems

    76% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  4. Documenting or recording information

    73% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    71% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Checking compliance with standards

    69% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  7. Making sense of information and ideas

    68% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  8. Researching and investigating

    65% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  9. Communicating within a team

    65% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  10. Working with computers

    64% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

  11. Checking for errors or defects

    63% Skill level

    Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.

  12. Looking for changes over time

    62% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  13. Training and teaching others

    62% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  14. Building good relationships

    61% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Controlling equipment or machines

    59% Skill level

    Operating machines or processes either directly or using controls (not including computers or vehicles).

  16. Planning and prioritising work

    58% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  17. Explaining things to people

    56% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  18. Working with electronic equipment

    52% Skill level

    Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing electronic devices and equipment.

  19. Assessing and evaluating things

    49% Skill level

    Working out the value, importance, or quality of things, services or people.

  20. Leading and encouraging a team

    47% Skill level

    Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Face-to-face discussions

    99% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  2. Indoors, heat controlled

    98% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  3. Being exact or accurate

    97% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  4. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    95% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  5. Telephone

    93% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  6. Contact with people

    88% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  7. Repeating same tasks

    87% Important

    Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.

  8. Teamwork

    84% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  9. Electronic mail

    83% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  10. Disease or infection

    81% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  11. Unstructured work

    78% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  12. Making repetitive motions

    78% Important

    Spend time making repetitive motions.

  13. Freedom to make decisions

    78% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  14. Time pressure

    76% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  15. Consequence of error

    75% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  16. Dangerous conditions

    75% Important

    Work near dangers like high voltage electricity, flammable material, explosives or chemicals.

  17. Using your hands to handle, control, or feel

    74% Important

    Spend time using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls.

  18. Exposure to contaminants

    72% Important

    Be exposed to pollutants, gases, dust or odours.

  19. Physically close to people

    72% Important

    Work physically close to other people.

  20. Impact of decisions

    71% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Support

    76% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  2. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

  3. Independence

    52% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  4. Working conditions

    48% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Achievement

    43% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  6. Recognition

    38% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    81% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    81% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    62% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    57% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    24% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-2012.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians.
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