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NOC 3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

To apply under NOC-3212 National Occupation Classification you must follow the roles and responsibilities of Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants.

Required roles and responsibilities:-

Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Collect, sort and prepare blood, tissue and other samples from patients
  • Log and validate patient samples and prepare them for testing
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment
  • Conduct routine laboratory tests and sample analyses
  • Perform quality assurance of testing techniques
  • Clean and maintain medical laboratory and medical laboratory equipment.

Pathologists’ assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients’ medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
  • Prepare, assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists’ supervision
  • Dissect, examine, weigh, photograph and X-ray organs and specimens, collect tissue samples for chemical analysis and record findings
  • Discard specimens according to established safety procedures
  • Clean and maintain instruments, equipment and supplies
  • Develop and maintain processes for laboratory quality control
  • May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
  • May supervise and train junior resident pathologists and morgue attendants.

You can also see the required titles to apply as a Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants. 

NOC 3212 – Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants: example titles.

  • aide, medical laboratory
  • assistant, medical laboratory
  • assistant, pathology
  • biochemical technician – medical laboratory
  • biological technician – medical laboratory
  • cancer research technician
  • clinical laboratory technician
  • combined laboratory and x-ray technician
  • community health technician – medical laboratory
  • cytology technician
  • epidemiology worker – medical laboratory
  • helper, medical laboratory
  • hematology technician – medical laboratory
  • histology technician
  • laboratory assistant – medical
  • laboratory technician – medical
  • medical laboratory aide
  • medical laboratory assistant
  • medical laboratory helper
  • medical laboratory technical assistant
  • medical laboratory technician
  • morgue attendant supervisor
  • pathology assistant
  • phlebotomist
  • phlebotomy aide
  • technical assistant – medical laboratory
  • technical assistant – pathology
  • technician, blood bank

Employment Requirements

  • Medical laboratory technicians/assistants require completion of a college certificate program in medical laboratory science.
  • Certification by the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is usually required by employers for medical laboratory technicians/assistants.
  • Combined laboratory and X-ray technicians require completion of a combined laboratory X-ray technology program.
  • Pathologists’ assistants require some post-secondary courses or a university degree in life sciences and Specialized on-the-job training.
  • Certification by the American Society for Clinical Pathology – Board of Certification or Pathologists’ Assistant Certification Examination is usually required by employers.


  • Biological technicians in non-medical laboratories (in 2221 Biological technologists and technicians)
  • Chemical technicians in non-medical laboratories (in 2211 Chemical technologists and technicians)
  • Medical laboratory technologists (3211)

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