The laboratory science field changes very rapidly. It can be challenging to remain up to date in all areas of the laboratory. Many laboratory scientists choose one or two areas of lab to work in and concentrate on remaining proficient in those areas.
For me, I stayed up to date in chemistry, hematology and blood bank. I am not as proficient in microbiology, flow cytometry or molecular.
Cindy recommends the following next steps:
- See if you can volunteer in a hospital or research lab while you are on summer break. Ask if you can rotate through all areas of the lab. While there, ask lots of questions. You might find some areas of the lab more interesting than others.