Medical laboratory scientists conduct laboratory tests to provide information for diagnosing, treating and preventing disease.

Where medical laboratory scientists are employed

Medical laboratory scientists work in the health industry, especially in hospitals and other health care services. There are also employment opportunities in universities and research organisations and in the private sector.

"The best bit about my job is knowing that my research will make a difference, and one day translate into better outcomes for cancer patients" - Kathleen Pishas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow.


Full-time medical laboratory scientists in South Australia generally earn more than $1,600 per week.

Graph of pay scales for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 900 people employed full-time as medical laboratory scientists in South Australia compared with 761 in 2006.

How to become one

To become a medical scientist you usually have to study medical or biomedical science at university. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your South Australian Certificate of Education (SACE). Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English, mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics are normally required.

For information on course admission requirements and how to apply to the universities and TAFE in South Australia visit the South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).

Check South Australian Universities at The University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia.

For information about Australian universities visit Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT).

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