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Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist

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

  • Avg. Salary $65,134.00
  • Avg. Wage $41.56
  • Minimum Education 2 years post-secondary
  • Outlook Up
  • Employed 2,400
  • In Demand High
Also Known As

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

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  • Certification Provincially Regulated
  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
NOC & Interest Codes
The Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist is part of the following larger National Occupational Classification (NOC).
Medical Laboratory Technologists
NOC code: 3211.1
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

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 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.

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Radiological Technologists
NOC code: 3215.1
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

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 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 More

Duties
Updated Dec 16, 2016

In general, combined laboratory and x-ray technologists:

  • collect, prepare and analyze patient samples
  • perform venipuncture (take blood from vein in arm) and capillary puncture (take blood from finger or heel in children)
  • perform procedures in hematology, coagulation, urinalysis, clinical chemistry and point-of-care testing (for example, glucose meter readings)
  • follow lab safety procedures and perform quality assurance and quality control checks to ensure the integrity of test results
  • explain radiography procedures to patients and answer questions
  • monitor patients
  • correctly position patients and equipment
  • operate diagnostic imaging equipment to produce quality images that assist in diagnosis
  • identify anatomical structures on radiographic images 
  • follow radiation protection practices, regulations and philosophy to reduce risk to patients, staff and visitors
  • perform electrocardiograms (ECG) and determine if ECG tracings are technically accurate
  • use computer programs to operate and report results from laboratory, diagnostic imaging and ECG equipment
  • provide general patient care and transfer patients as needed
  • perform administrative and clerical duties
  • maintain and assess equipment and instruments to ensure they are working properly.

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists work closely with other medical technologists, health record technicians, nurses, radiologists, physicians and other health care professionals.

Working Conditions
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists who work in hospitals work shifts and are sometimes on call.

Safety precautions are required to avoid back strain and repetitive stress injuries, and reduce the risk of infection or injury when working with infectious patients, samples or hazardous chemicals.

This is a physically demanding occupation. Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists are on their feet for most of their shift. They may be required to help patients move and routinely handle equipment weighing up to 10 kilograms. If a patient is unconscious or otherwise unable to move, technologists ask other health care workers for help moving the patient.

  • Strength Required Lift up to 20 kg
Skills & Abilities
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists need the following characteristics:

  • a sense of responsibility and a high degree of integrity
  • sensitivity to the needs of ill and injured people
  • good health with no predisposition to back or leg problems
  • excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • good organizational skills
  • the ability to do detailed work and maintain a high level of accuracy
  • good colour and form perception (for example, to study blood cells)
  • the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.

They should enjoy compiling test results and patient data, setting up and operating sophisticated medical equipment, and working with the public and other health care professionals.

Educational Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

The minimum educational requirement is a two-year diploma program in combined laboratory and x-ray technology. A current list of approved programs is posted on the Alberta College of Combined Laboratory & X-Ray Technologists (ACCLXT) website.


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

For a broad list of programs and courses that may be related to this occupation try searching using keywords.

Training in CPR and the use of automated external defribrillators (AED) may also be required by some employers.

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

Certification Requirements
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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.

Education

Registration requires successful completion of: (1) an approved program of studies or an equivalent combination of education and experience, and (2) an approved examination. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACCLXT website or contact the ACCLXT.

Working in Alberta

Combined laboratory and x-ray technologists who are registered and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered practitioners in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see "What if I am already certified in another province or territory?" and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To find more information on the certification process for internationally educated combined laboratory and x-ray technologists, see Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologist Registration Process on the AlbertaCanada.com website.

Contact Details

Alberta College of Combined Laboratory and X-Ray Technologists
4880, 4445 Calgary Trail
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T6H 5R7 
Phone number: 780-438-3323
Fax number: 780-299-0829
Website: www.acclxt.ca

Employment & Advancement
Updated Dec 16, 2016

Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.

Most combined laboratory and x-ray technologists are employed in small, often rural, hospitals that have 15 to 60 beds. Some are employed in larger hospitals, healthcare centres or private or public clinics.

In Alberta, combined laboratory and x-ray technologists are part of two larger 2011 National Occupational Classifications: 3211 Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants and National Occupational Classification 3215 Medical radiation technologists.

89% of people employed in the Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants group work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.

94% of people in the Medical radiation technologists group work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.

The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:

  • trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
  • location in Alberta
  • employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
  • occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
  • size of the occupation.

Over 2,000 Albertans are employed in the Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 74 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As combined laboratory and x-ray technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for combined laboratory and x-ray technologists.

Over 2,400 Albertans are employed in the Medical radiation technologists occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.9% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 94 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As combined laboratory and x-ray technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for combined laboratory and x-ray technologists.

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

Wage & Salary
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

Medical laboratory technologists
NOC code: 3211

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $32.91 $35.64 $33.48 $32.91
Overall $38.97 $45.80 $41.56 $40.58
Top $43.33 $49.26 $44.49 $43.33

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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.

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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.


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ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance

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Medical radiation technologists
NOC code: 3215

Survey Methodology

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Wages* Low (5th percentile) High (95th percentile) Average Median
Starting $32.91 $41.01 $35.15 $35.64
Overall $37.97 $49.59 $42.56 $42.39
Top $43.33 $52.92 $45.55 $45.80

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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.

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.


Industry Information
ALBERTA, ALL INDUSTRIES
Health Care & Social Assistance

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Related Post-Secondary Field of Study
  • Health Care and Medical Sciences
Other Sources of Information
Updated Dec 16, 2016

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

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

For more information on career planning, education and jobs, visit the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website, call the Alberta Career Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-661-3753 or 780-422-4266 in Edmonton, or visit an Alberta Works Centre near you.

Updated Mar 27, 2014. 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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