Lab Technician
Jose Noel Ibrahim

About the job:

What you do

As a Lab Technician, you perform tests at a medical lab. You collect samples of blood, tissues and other substances from the patients. You then perform different tests on these samples and help the doctors identify and treat different diseases.

The tough stuff

As a Lab Technician, you will have to:

  • Avoid giving analysis of the results because that's the doctor's responsibility
  • Make sure that tests are performed correctly and accurately
  • Be comfortable working in a routine
The cool stuff

As a Lab Technician, you will get to:

  •  Learn a lot valuable medical information that you can apply to your own life
  • If you want to study more, you can get into new medical areas that area very cool
Typical work hours
  • 35-40 hours per week
  • 20-30% night shifts

 If you work in a clinic, then you will have regular working hours.  If you work in a hospital, you may need to work night shifts. 

Are you the right fit?

Classes you should be good at
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
Best high school track(s)
  • Life Sciences
Personal qualities
  • Understanding what you hear
  • Expressing yourself verbally
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness
  • Reasoning & Problem Solving

Will you make money?

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Education stuff:

Education required
  • Bachelors Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology or Life Sciences
  • Associate Degree in Clinical Laboratory Science
Helpful resources
Local universities
International universities

Video Description

In this Insider interview, our guest works a job similar to one you might have seen in your favorite TV show. Jose is a lab technician who uses the most high-tech stuff around to perform and analyze blood tests. Catch our Insider interview with Jose to see what skills and tips he thinks would help make you a savant in the lab. One thing’s for sure; you definitely can’t be afraid of needles!


José Noel Ibrahim graduated from the Lebanese University in 2010 with a M. Sc. Degree in Genomics and Health. He obtained his PhD degree in Biology, Medicine, Health in 2014 from the Lebanese University and Poitiers University, France. Since then, research has been his great passion. His work focuses on the immunocellular and molecular mechanisms underlying inflammatory and immunogenetic diseases. He has also been appointed as assistant professor and Head of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Department at the Lebanese German University (LGU), and Lecturer at the Lebanese University and La Sagesse University.