In addition to performing laboratory tests, MLS professionals also assist to interpret test results in conjunction with patient information, and communicate their meaning to other healthcare team members. They monitor quality controls, conduct research, develop new tests and methods, and supervise personnel. Career opportunities exist in hospital, clinic and private laboratories, research, public health, sales and marketing, consulting, health administration and education. Students who become certified Medical Laboratory Scientists find employment throughout the United States.
In order to participate in a medical laboratory science educational program, students must be able to comply with program-designated essential functions, or request reasonable accommodations to meet these essential functions. Requirements include a sound intellect, good motor skills, eye-hand coordination and dexterity, effective communication skills, visual acuity to perform macroscopic and microscopic analyses or read procedures and graphs, and behavioral skills such as organization, time management and good judgement, even in emergency situations.