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MT Jobs: Are you on your feet all day? [Jun. 4th, 2010|05:26 pm]
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I have a background in microbiology but have been working in an unrelated field for several years. I am now exploring clinical laboratory sciences as a second career. One catch though: I experienced a foot injury a few years ago that means I can no longer stay standing for long stretches at a time all day. 

Are there jobs in this field that would allow me to perform a majority of tasks while sitting? I am perfectly capable of walking and standing, just not for hours at a time.


[User Picture]From: celestialcure
2010-06-04 11:35 pm (UTC)
I think it depends on the laboratory, really. I work mostly hemo and blood banking, and I'm on my feet most of the night in hemo, but I sit on my butt most nights in blood bank (unless it's busy, then I'm running around, but the testing I do sitting).

When I've worked micro, the VAST majority of it (in my experience -- other labs could be different) was sitting. Receiving specimens, setting up cultures, reading plates, setting up ID's...all sitting.

Chemistry...it can be sitting or standing, depending on what section of chem you're working.

Really, it depends on the lab. If you're looking for a job where you don't have to standing around all day, I'd suggest micro. Hope that helps! :)
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