A day as a medical laboratory assistant

You work in the laboratory at your local NHS hospital, beginning at 9am. Your main role is to assist biomedical scientists with their lab work, and your first task is to check equipment and material stocks, and order new supplies. Next, you label and sort blood samples for a haematologist, and ensure the samples are properly stored. After making up chemical solutions for general use, you carry out some general clerical duties; printing and filing reports and entering patient data on the computer system. You enjoy working in a laboratory, helping scientists diagnose diseases and contributing to the life-saving processes of the hospital.

Does this sound like you?

You love science and working in a laboratory. You enjoy following instructions, pay attention to detail and are highly organised. You're also a good communicator and team worker.

What's next after GCSE?

Although there are no formal entry requirements, a range of GCSEs (or equivalent qualifications) would be beneficial. You will receive all training is on the job.

What's next after A level and beyond?

A levels (or equivalent level 3 qualifications) aren't usually required for this role, as you'd train while you're working. Typically you'd be working towards a relevant healthcare science qualification. You may be able to enter this type of role through a healthcare science assistant apprenticeship.