Immunology technologists examine elements of the human immune system and its response to foreign bodies. Clinical immunology technologists work under the supervision of immunologists and physicians.
Immunology is a branch of biomedical science that studies the immune system in all organisms, in both good health and in immunological disorders such as autoimmune diseases, hypersensitivities, immune deficiencies and transplant rejections.
What Do Immunology Technologists Do?
-perform specialized technical immunological analyses of specimens
-maintain records, perform statistical analysis of research data and generate reports from these findings.
-ensure the receipt, recording, grouping, and labeling of specimens and the communication of test results to the attending physician
-participate in the evaluation of new techniques and procedures in the laboratory
Clinical immunology technologists work for hospitals, colleges and universities, research and diagnostic laboratories, companies in the agricultural industry, pharmaceutical companies, and private clinics. Some clinical immunology technologists can work for blood banks or teach at the clinical university level.
Two educational routes are available for becoming a clinical immunology technologist:
-a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in immunology,
-or complete an immunology technology program at a college.