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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: salexa
2010-06-05 12:00 am (UTC)
It helps to have rolling chairs. :)

I tend to sit more than most people where I work when I am in Hematology and Chemistry, but part of this is that the lab I work at has rolling chairs and I am tall enough to easily roll short distances. Most of my time is in Blood Bank, where sitting is more common (as long as you can move in an emergency). It is my understanding that microbiology would be better able to sit than many departments, but that would depend on the lab set up.

You may need to be careful in selecting jobs and shifts, but the field is experiencing shortages, so you probably can afford to be a bit picky. Picking a more staffed shift (often day shift, but some large reference places have evening shift have a large staff) would reduce the back-and-forth of having to cover multiple areas at the same time making it easier to find time to sit doing the job.
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