Medical Laboratory Science

Medical Laboratory Science is about training to be a medical laboratory scientist – someone who works as a scientist in a medical laboratory.

A medical laboratory scientist runs diagnostic tests for diseases, and may also conduct or assist with medical research.

Training as a medical laboratory scientist involves learning about biomedical science and how to perform diagnostic tests in a laboratory.

NZ university majors related to this area

Though in the same subject area, they may be very different.

Examples of career opportunities

Most entail additional learning (lifelong learning!), and some require registration.

  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Diagnostician
  • Research scientist
  • Research assistant
  • Laboratory technician
  • Science teacher
  • Biology teacher
  • Chemistry teacher
  • Academic

Income and employment prospects


163% of national
median earnings


Further study
Other or unknown

Figures based on young domestic graduates 5 years after graduation. Source: Ministry of Education.

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