The duties of technologists and technicians are generally similar except for the fact that a technologist has to develop procedures and can have management responsibilities. Technicians usually work under the supervision of a lab manager or technologist.
Apheresis Technicians: specialize in separating blood components from whole blood such as platelets, red blood cells, and plasma. Once component is removed, blood components are returned to the patient.
Phlebotomy Technicians: draw blood from donors or patients, question patients about donor eligibility, analyze blood samples for abnormalities.
Medical Laboratory Technicians: perform routine laboratory procedures and tests, use microscopes, computers, and specialized instruments and equipment, evaluate test results, prepare specimens and operate analyzers.
Histology Technician: prepare microscope slides of bodily tissue for analysis by a pathologist, research, or teaching, slice tissue and apply appropriate dyes.
Blood Banking Technologists: collect and prepare blood and it’s components for transfusions, determine blood type.
Cytotechnologists: prepare and examine samples of cells under a icroscope to determine abnormalities in structure or function of cells.