Medical laboratory technicians and pathologists’ assistants

National Occupation Code (NOC): 3212  ยท  Browse All Occupations

Medical laboratory technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research facilities, post-secondary educational institutions and government research laboratories. Pathologists’ assistants assist at autopsies and examinations of surgical specimens or perform autopsies under a pathologist’s supervision. They are usually employed in hospitals and universities.

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  • Cytology Technician
  • Epidemiology Worker - 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
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  • Blood Bank Technician
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  • Lab Assistant

Median Income by Education

The following table details the median income for various education levels for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants.

Education Level Median Income
No certificate, diploma or degree N/A
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate $37,084
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma $43,123
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma $42,988
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level $41,756
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above $42,422
Total: Highest certificate, diploma or degree $42,269
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

Median Income by Gender

The following table details median income by gender for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants.

Gender Median Income
Male $42,269
Female $42,146
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Extracted Salary Information (50 samples)

The following salary data has been extracted from job posts indexed on this website over the last year for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants.

$29,250.00
Lowest Observed
$68,000.00
Highest Observed
$45,000.00
25th Percentile
$49,563.50
Average
$47,500.00
Median
$59,000.00
75th Percentile

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Regional Employment Participation by Age Group

This chart and accompanying table outlines regional employment participation by age group for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants

Age Group Employed Individuals
15 to 24 years 95
25 to 34 years 295
35 to 44 years 385
45 to 54 years 320
55 to 64 years 295
65 to 74 years 45
75 years and over 0
Total 1,445
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Employment Type

This chart outlines regional employment participation by employment type for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated employment type, or refer to the table below.

Employment Type Employed Individuals
Full Time 745
Part Time 735
Total 1,480
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Gender

This chart outlines regional employment participation by gender for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated gender, or refer to the table below.

Gender Employed Individuals
Male 200
Female 1,245
Total 1,445
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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Regional Employment Participation by Class of Worker

This chart outlines regional employment participation by class of worker for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated class, or refer to the table below.

Class Employed Individuals
Employee 1,430
Self Employed 20
Total 1,445
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Labour Force Status

This chart outlines regional employment participation by labour force status for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated labour status, or refer to the table below.

Labour Status Individuals
Employed 1,385
Unemployed 65
Total 1,445
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for labour force aged 15 and over in private households.

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Regional Employment Participation by Education Level

This chart outlines regional employment participation by education level for medical laboratory technicians and pathologists' assistants. Hover over a pie section to see the associated education level, or refer to the table below.

Education Level Individuals
No certificate, diploma or degree 0
Secondary (high) school diploma or equivalency certificate 130
Apprenticeship or trades certificate or diploma 65
College, CEGEP or other non-university certificate or diploma 520
University certificate or diploma below bachelor level 85
University certificate, diploma or degree at bachelor level or above 680
Total 1,480
Data source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census of Population. Custom tabulation for population aged 15 and over who worked in 2015 and reported employment income in 2015.

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