Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
SOC: 29-2012.00

Description:

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.


National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.


Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
163,400 employed

Projected (2024):
192,400 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.


Alternate Titles:

  • Biotechnician
  • Blood and Plasma Laboratory Assistant
  • Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
  • Blood or Blood Bank Technician
  • Blood Typer
  • Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Assistant (Clinical Lab Assistant)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (Clinical Lab Technician)
  • Clinical Research Assistant
  • Clinical Technician
  • Cytogenetic Technician
  • Hematology Technician
  • Hemodialysis Technician
  • Histologic Aide
  • Histologic Technician
  • Histology Technician
  • Histopathology Technician
  • Histotechnician
  • Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
  • Laboratory Supervisor
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Worker
  • Medical Lab Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Assistant
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Medical Lab Tech)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians (Medical Lab Technician)
  • Medical Numerical Control Operator
  • Medical Technician
  • Microbiology Technician
  • Neurology Technician
  • Pathological Technician
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Pathology Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician
  • Serology Technician
  • Sleep Technician
  • Specimen Accessioner
  • Specimen Processor
  • Tissue Technician
  • Vascular Technician


  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed

    Experience:

    Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

    Education:

    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.


    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation


  • Tasks:

  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
  • Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.
  • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
  • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
  • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Test raw materials, processes, or finished products to determine quality or quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • 22-gauge needles
  • 5-part differential automated hematology analyzers
  • 8 and 12 channel pipettes
  • Agglutination viewers
  • Anaerobe jars
  • Analytical balances
  • Antigen-coated test plates
  • Autoclaves
  • Automated chemistry analyzers
  • Automated coagulation analyzers
  • Automated platelet analyzers
  • Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems
  • Automatic pipetters
  • Bench refractometers
  • Blood agar plates
  • Blood collection needles
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Blood culture incubators
  • Butterfly needles
  • Candle jars
  • Capillary sticks
  • Capillary tubes
  • Cell counters
  • Cell washers
  • Centrifuges
  • Chemistry analyzers
  • Chromatographs
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Collection tube holders/adapters
  • Compound microscopes
  • Desktop computers
  • Differential hematology analyzers with laser technology
  • Diluters
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Electrical mixers
  • Electrolyte analyzers
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Flow cytometers
  • Fluorescence microscopes
  • Glass slides
  • Glucose monitoring systems
  • Hemacytometers
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems
  • Heterologous test systems
  • Homologous test systems
  • Incubators
  • Label printers
  • Laboratory vacuum pumps
  • Laminar flow hoods
  • Laser printers
  • Light microscopes
  • Microhematocrits
  • Micrometers
  • Microtiter plates
  • Needle holders
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Petri dishes
  • pH meters
  • Plasma extractors
  • Plasma thawers
  • Plate washers
  • Platelet rockers
  • Portable coagulation analyzers
  • Scintillation counters
  • Semiautomated hematology analyzers
  • Sensitivity plates
  • Serological kits
  • Serology tube rotators
  • Single-channel pipettes
  • Spectrometers
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Sterile blood lancets
  • Sterile transfer tubes
  • Stylets
  • Thermal cyclers
  • Tissue cassettes
  • Tissue embedding equipment
  • Tourniquets
  • Triple beam balances
  • Ultracentrifuges
  • Unopettes
  • Urinometers
  • Vacutainer tubes
  • Billing software
  • Commercial plate reader software
  • Database software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Email software
  • FileMaker Pro software
  • Hematology laboratory workflow management software
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
  • Medical digital imaging software
  • Medical software
  • Medical system integration software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microscopic image capturing software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Microsoft Word
  • Minitab software
  • Quality control software
  • Reimbursement screening software
  • SAP software
  • Specimen tracking software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Test result delivery software
  • Test routing software
  • Word processing software


  • healthcare practitioners and technical


    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800