There are many different roles played by the various professionals in the health care system. One of the key front line workers is the Medical Laboratory Assistant. They are often the bridge between a patient and the medical laboratory where vital tests are performed to help in the diagnosis process. The duties are wide-ranging, from collecting specimens and performing other procedures to reception, data entry and clerical duties to keep the collection and administration of data organized and moving smoothly. These workers need strong communication skills as well as time management and organizational abilities.