Blood Bank Technologists


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Blood Bank Technologists

Blood Bank Technologists - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, medical laboratory technicians:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social contact. They talk to physicians, patients, and coworkers throughout the day.
  • Communicate by telephone and in person on a daily basis. They use e-mail and letters and memos, but far less often.
  • Often deal with people who are unpleasant or discourteous due to their injuries or illness.
  • Are responsible for the health and safety of others.
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  • Regularly work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work indoors.
  • Often wear protective clothing, such as gloves and masks.
  • Are often exposed to diseases and infections.
  • Sometimes wear uniforms, such as lab coats.
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  • Are often exposed to hazardous conditions and contaminants.
  • Work near others, usually a few feet apart.
  • Are occasionally exposed to loud or distracting sounds and noise levels.

Work Performance

  • Must be very exact in their work. Errors could cause patients to be misdiagnosed.
  • Must, at times, let the pace of work be dictated by the speed of equipment.
  • Make decisions that affect patients and coworkers on a weekly basis. They make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Set most tasks and goals for the day without talking to a supervisor first.
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  • Often repeat the same physical activities.

Hours/Travel

  • May work part time or full time. Most work full time.
  • Generally work a set schedule.
  • May work nights, weekends, or holidays. Hospitals need tests run at all hours of the day.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.