What is an Alternate Career?

For many, becoming a licensed medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in Canada can be a long and difficult process. Over 80% of internationally educated applicants need to complete some form of upgrading of skills or education before they can write the CSMLS certification exam. This can be a costly and time-consuming process that can take several years to complete.

For these individuals, alternate or related careers may be pursued while in the process of becoming a licensed MLT or as a permanent career option.

What is an Alternate Career?

An alternate career is a profession that requires many of the same skills and abilities as the intended career, but may involve fewer processes and /or qualifications to begin working. These careers may also be called; related careers, alternate career options or alternative careers.

Why pursue an Alternate Career to medical laboratory technology?

Choosing an alternate career path could provide a rewarding employment future in Canada.

The CSMLS has done extensive research and gathered together information on several potential alternative career choices that are related to the medical laboratory profession. These careers were selected for their use of skills related to medical laboratory technology, but do not have an extensive license to practice procedure.

For more information and to see the list of the alternate career options, please visit

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