Laboratory Services

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

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Medical Laboratory Technician 2,367 3,219 $18.41 $12.37 $28.07
Clinical Lab Services 2,367 3,219 $18.41 $12.37 $28.07
Histology Technician 2,367 3,219 $18.41 $12.37 $28.07

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Diagnostic Technicians

Diagnostic technology and jobs in medical imaging involve several procedures that help health workers diagnose disease. Ultrasound technicians use special equipment to take pictures of internal organs. Radiologic technicians take and analyze X-rays, and cardiovascular technicians identify heart or blood problems in patients. EKG technicians attach electrodes to the patient’s body and operate EKG machines for medical imaging to detect and record the impulses transmitted by the heart during and between heartbeats. Nuclear medicine technologists determine if disease is present by examining metabolic changes, instead of checking to see if an individual organ has changed. (Source:

EKG Technicians

Electrocardiograph technicians (or EKG technicians) operate EKG machines to detect and record the electronic impulses transmitted by the heart during and between heartbeats.

Radiology Technicians

Radiology technicians use equipment to take diagnostic images of the human body using X-ray machines and CT scanners. They are responsible for prepping the patient and taking images the Radiologist (MD) needs. They may also maintain the equipment, keep patient records, and evaluate the images along with physicians and surgeons.

Area of study:

Associate degree in Radiology Technology and state licensure

Nuclear Medicine Technician

Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient’s body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

Areas of Study:

Associate degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology

Ultrasound Technicians

Ultrasound technicians use imaging technology to see signs of irregularities or problems inside the human body. The most common procedure is to view a fetus during a pregnancy.

Areas of Study:

Associate degree in Ultrasound Technology and state licensure

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