Imaging & Diagnostic Testing


Career Progression

Entry Level

Phlebotomist, Medical Technician

Mid Level

Medical Lab Scientist, Medical Lab Technologist

Senior Level

Clincial Lab Scientist

Pathway Category

Entry Level: These positions are the best entry points for someone with little experience or education, as they typically require only a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or a technical certification/ training and little to no prior related work experience. Many workers enter this industry through the Direct Patient and Therapeutic Care families. Although these careers start with lower wages, they are often a great starting point with huge potential for promotion and advancement with hard work, dedication, and planning.

What does a person in this career do?

You have an eye for detail! You’re more comfortable working behind-the-scenes by running tests and evaluations that help to investigate, diagnose, and treat patients. Your sharp mind and problem solving abilities work best when put to use in a laboratory or other facility with less direct contact with the general public.

Occupations in the Imaging & Diagnostic Testing family often play a supportive role in running tests and evaluations that aid in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases, injuries, or other physical conditions. This is one of the fastest growing areas of health sciences and offers a great way to enter the field without extensive education and experience requirements. These professionals will have some direct patient interaction, such as when drawing blood or taking X-rays, but most of their time is spent in laboratories or other off-site locations while remotely assisting health care professionals by conducting prescribed tests, investigating results, and communicating findings. These professionals may also make recommendations for additional tests or specialized treatments based on their findings. These roles are great for people who are curious, have an attention to detail, and like to solve puzzles or problems. New and exciting innovations to technology and medicine will continue to expand the opportunities in this family, especially in the areas of genetic testing, DNA sequencing, and on-demand advanced health screenings.

Description of duties

Safely and carefully draw and label blood for tests, transfusions, donations, or research purposes. Educate and inform patients about procedures and risks, assisting with recovery from any adverse reactions. Safely handle and dispose of blood, blood products, and other hazardous fluid or tissue materials in accordance with all applicable laws, standards, and policies. May require travel to and from various sites.

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Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Blood Drawing and Storage
  • Medical Equipment and Software
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Active Listening and Communication
  • Medical Records and Note Taking
  • Hazardous Materials Storage and Disposal

Other Job Titles

  • Blood Drawer
  • Phlebotomy Technician
  • Patient Service Technician (PST)
  • Medical Lab Assistant,
  • Registered Phlebotomist