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Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists do routine medical lab tests. They perform general radiography, fluoroscopy, and electrocardiograms. They operate and maintain related equipment.

Also Known As

Health Care Technologist, Laboratory Technician / Technologist, Medical Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist, Medical Technologist

NOC Codes

In Canada, the federal government groups and organizes occupations based on a National Occupational Classification (NOC) system. This alis occupation may not reflect the entire NOC group it is part of. Data for the NOC group can apply across multiple occupations.

The NOC system is updated every 5 years to reflect changes in the labour market. Government forms and labour market data may group and refer to an occupation differently, depending on the system used. Here is how this occupation has been classified over time:

  • 2006 NOC: Medical Laboratory Technologists (3211.1);  Radiological Technologists (3215.1) 
  • 2006 NOC-S: Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists Assistants (D211);  Medical Radiation Technologists (D215) 
  • 2011 NOC: Medical laboratory technologists (3211);  Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
  • 2016 NOC: Medical laboratory technologists (3211);  Medical radiation technologists (3215) 
Interests & Abilities

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2006 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Medical Laboratory Technologists

2006 NOC: 3211.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
METHODICAL

Interest in supervising and training other medical laboratory technicians and laboratory workers; and in performing blood group, type and compatibility tests for transfusion purposes; may supervise and train other medical laboratory technologists

INNOVATIVE

Interest in analyzing results of laboratory tests; and in establishing procedures for the analyses of specimens and for medical laboratory experiments

OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with laboratory equipment to conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, cerebro-spinal and other body fluids, and to prepare tissue sections for microscopic examinations using techniques to demonstrate special cellular tissue elements and other characteristics; may perform the duties of a pathologist's assistant in some hospitals

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Radiological Technologists

2006 NOC: 3215.1

Interest Codes

Interest Codes for This NOC Group
OBJECTIVE

Interest in precision working with X-ray, radiographic and fluoroscopic equipment, computerized tomography (CT) scanners, mammography units and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners; and in performing basic verification and quality control checks on radiographic and film processing equipment

METHODICAL

Interest in speaking with radiologists to determine procedures to be performed; in providing appropriate care for patients during radiographic examinations; in recording and processing patient data; and in applying radiation protection measures

innovative

Interest in compiling patient data to assist in the diagnosis of diseases and injuries

Your Interest Codes

To identify or change your interest codes, complete the Interests Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Reading Interest Codes
A Quick Guide

The interest code helps you figure out if you’d like to work in a particular occupation. 

It’s based on the Canadian Work Preference Inventory (CWPI), which measures 5 occupational interests: Directive, Innovative, Methodical, Objective, and Social.

Each set of 3 interest codes for this NOC group is listed in order of importance.

A code in capital letters means it’s a strong fit for the occupation.

A code in all lowercase letters means the fit is weaker.

Learn About Interests

Abilities

Typical ability expectations for this NOC group
Your abilities

To fill in or change the values for your abilities, complete the Abilities Exercise in CAREERinsite.

Mental Abilities

General Learning Ability

Verbal Ability

Numerical Ability

Visual Abilities

Spatial Perception

Form Perception

Clerical Perception

Physical Abilities

Motor Coordination

Finger Dexterity

Manual Dexterity

Understanding Abilities

A Quick Guide

You are born with abilities that help you process certain types of information and turn it into action. These abilities influence which skills you can learn more easily.

The abilities or aptitudes shown for this NOC group come from the General Aptitude Test Battery (GATB). The GATB measures 9 aptitudes. It groups them into 3 categories: mental, visual, and physical.

The abilities scores range from 1 to 5, with 5 being stronger.

Learn About Abilities

Duties
Updated Mar 31, 2018

In general, combined laboratory and x-ray technologists:

  • collect, prepare, and analyze patient samples
  • take blood (from veins in the arm, finger, heel, or elsewhere)
  • do procedures in hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, clinical chemistry, and point-of-care testing (such as glucose meter readings)
  • follow lab safety procedures (such as radiation safety rules and regulations)
  • perform quality assurance and quality control checks (to make sure test results are right)
  • explain x-ray procedures to patients
  • answer patients’ questions
  • assess and monitor patients and find help if needed
  • position patients and equipment for x-ray exams
  • use diagnostic imaging equipment correctly
  • identify parts of the body in diagnostic images
  • perform electrocardiograms (ECGs)
  • check if ECG tracings are technically accurate
  • identify critical ECG, x-ray and lab results
  • use computers to operate equipment and report results
  • transfer patients (using proper body mechanics)
  • do clerical duties
  • maintain and check tools, x-ray and lab equipment (to make sure they work properly).

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists work closely with other health care providers. These include medical technologists, health record technicians, nurses, radiologists, doctors, and others.

Working Conditions
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists often work in rural hospitals with 15 to 60 beds. Some work in extremely remote locations. They rarely work in urban hospitals.

Hospital-based laboratory and x-ray technologists do shift work. Sometimes they are on call.

They need to take safety measures to avoid back strain and repetitive stress injuries. They must take care to reduce their risk of infection or injury when working with infectious patients, samples or chemicals.

This work is physically demanding. Technologists are on their feet for most of their shifts. They may need to help move patients.

Traits & Skills
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists need to possess:

  • a sense of responsibility
  • a high degree of integrity
  • sensitivity (to the needs of ill and injured people)
  • good health (for example, no back or leg problems)
  • speaking and listening skills
  • people skills
  • the ability to be organized
  • the ability to do detailed, accurate work
  • good vision (especially colour and form perception to study blood cells)
  • the ability to work alone or as part of a team
  • the ability to multitask when working alone
  • the ability to handle high-stress situations
  • the ability to troubleshoot
  • the ability to accommodate patients’ needs.

They should enjoy:

  • gathering test results and patient information
  • setting up and using complex medical equipment
  • working with the public and other health care providers.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2011 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Top 10 Skills Employers Are Looking For

Medical laboratory technologists

2011 NOC: 3211

This chart shows which job skills are currently in highest demand for this occupational group. It was created using this occupation's 14 most recent Alberta job postings, collected between Dec 14, 2021 and Sep 26, 2022.

Review these skills to learn:

  • Whether or not this occupation matches your skill set
  • What training you may need to get these skills
  • What skills to highlight in your resumé, cover letter, and interview.
Personal Suitability: Effective interpersonal skills
Personal Suitability: Accurate
Personal Suitability: Excellent written communication
Personal Suitability: Initiative
Personal Suitability: Flexibility
Conduct quality control assessment of testing techniques
Personal Suitability: Team player
Personal Suitability: Excellent oral communication
Personal Suitability: Client focus
Set up medical laboratory equipment
Educational Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary

This job requires a 2-year diploma in combined lab and x-ray technology. A list of approved programs is posted on the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT) website. Some programs may require post-secondary courses in medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology.

Some employers may require training in CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs). They may also require up-to-date vaccinations and yearly flu shots.

To learn more about programs in laboratory technology and x-ray technology, see the Medical Laboratory Technologist and Radiological Technologist occupational profiles.


Required Education

The following schools offer programs and courses that meet this occupation’s educational requirements. Other eligible programs and courses may be available.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Related Education

The following schools offer programs or courses that are related to this occupation but are not required to enter the field.

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

To expand or narrow your search for programs related to this occupation, visit Post-Secondary Programs.

Completing a program does not guarantee entrance into an occupation. Before enrolling in an education program, prospective students should look into various sources for education options and employment possibilities. For example, contact associations and employers in this field.

Certification Requirements
Updated Mar 31, 2018
  • Certification Provincially Regulated

Certain professional titles or duties within this occupation are protected by provincial legislation. Requirements vary if you use these titles or perform these duties.

The related legislation is shown below. If there are multiple related legislations, select a certification heading to learn about each one.

Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists analyse biological specimens, apply ionizing radiation and perform electrocardiography procedures, and evaluate the results obtained for accuracy and reliability. They work primarily in small rural hospitals and clinics.

Legislation

Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT) is mandatory if you meet identified competency requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members, who are authorized by the College, provide restricted activities specified in the Regulation. Only registered members may call themselves combined laboratory and x-ray technologists or CLXTs. Laboratory workers who are not registered (regulated) as combined laboratory and x-ray technologists or medical laboratory technologists may perform laboratory activities.

For information on what you need and other details, visit the certification profile Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist.

Employment & Advancement
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Most combined laboratory and x-ray technologists work in small (often rural) hospitals. But some may work in larger hospitals, health care centres, or private or public clinics using a partial skill set.

Industry Concentration

This section shows the industries where the majority of people in this occupation work. The data is based on the 2016 Census.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups.

In the 3211: Medical laboratory technologists occupational group, 93.1% of people work in:

In the 3215: Medical radiation technologists occupational group, 95.5% of people work in:

Employment Outlook

Employment outlook is influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • Time of year (for seasonal jobs)
  • Location in Alberta
  • Employment turnover (when people leave existing positions)
  • Occupational growth (when new positions are created)
  • Size of the occupation
  • Trends and events that affect overall employment, especially in the industry or industries from the previous list

In Alberta, the 3211: Medical laboratory technologists occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.7% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 93 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

In Alberta, the 3215: Medical radiation technologists occupational group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.5% from 2019 to 2023. In addition to job openings created by employment turnover, 57 new positions are forecasted to be created within this occupational group each year.

Note
NOC groups often include several related occupations. Although there is labour market data for the larger NOC group, this occupation makes up only a part of that group. It means data for this occupation may be different than the data shown. For example, only some of the new positions to be created will be for this occupation. It also applies to other data for the NOC group such as number of people employed.

Source: Alberta Regional Occupational Demand Outlook

Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.

Related Alberta Job Postings
Wage & Salary
Updated Mar 31, 2018

For information about current collective agreements in the public and not-for-profit sectors, see the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website.

In Alberta, this occupation is part of 1 or more 2016 National Occupational Classification (NOC) groups. If there are multiple related NOC groups, select a NOC heading to learn about each one.

Medical radiation technologists

2016 NOC: 3215
Average Wage
$42.20
Per Hour
Average Salary
$72,279.00
Per Year
Average Hours
32.9
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 3215 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

A: High Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

High Reliability, represents a CV of less than or equal to 6.00% and 30 survey observations and/or represents 50% or more of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $31.88 $42.35 $35.25 $33.98
Overall $36.78 $51.42 $42.20 $41.14
Top $44.62 $55.41 $46.83 $45.34

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Health Care & Social Assistance
ALL INDUSTRIES

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
68%
68%)
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
10%
10%
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
4%
4%
Vacancy Rate
N/A

Medical laboratory technologists

2016 NOC: 3211
Average Wage
$31.10
Per Hour
Average Salary
$44,985.00
Per Year
Average Hours
30.7
Per Week
Average Months on Payroll
12
Survey Methodology Survey Analysis

Source
2019 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey

NOC 3211 Wage Profile

Unless otherwise noted, the data shown here is for all industries and all regions in Alberta.

All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production), and other forms of compensation.

To see the full survey data for this NOC group, visit the wage profile.

Other wage sources
To make an informed wage and salary decision, research other wage sources [pdf] to supplement this data.

C: Lower Reliability
Data Reliability Code Definition

Lower Reliability, represents a CV of between 15.01% and 33.00% and/or if fewer than 20 survey observations and/or if survey observations represent less than 33% of all estimated employment for the occupation.


Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
  • Low
  • High
  • Average
  • Median
Starting
Overall
Top

Hourly Wage

For full-time and part-time employees
Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $20.00 $36.81 $26.17 $20.97
Overall $23.00 $45.90 $31.10 $23.00
Top $29.00 $47.30 $37.21 $32.00

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* All wage estimates are hourly except where otherwise indicated. Wages and salaries do not include overtime hours, tips, benefits, profit shares, bonuses (unrelated to production) and other forms of compensation.

Pay brackets for hourly wages

  • Starting pay: average pay offered for entry-level positions
  • Overall pay: average pay across all employees in this occupation
  • Top pay: average pay offered to top-paid employees

Industry Information

Public Administration
ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance

Skills Shortage

Employers that Recruited in the Last 2 Years
N/A
Recruiting Employers that Experienced Hiring Difficulties
N/A
Employers with Unfilled Vacancies of over 4 Months
N/A
Vacancy Rate
N/A
Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Mar 31, 2018

Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT) website: www.acclxt.ca

Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) website: www.hsaa.ca

Get information and referrals about career, education, and employment options from Alberta Supports.

Updated Mar 31, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the dates shown. Salary, employment outlook, and educational program information may change without notice. It is advised that you confirm this information before making any career decisions.

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