Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians collect and test samples of bodily fluids, chemical compounds and other substances. They are expected to operate laboratory equipment such as autoclaves, pipettes, microscopes and other computerized machines. They are required to record all test data and report any abnormalities. Technologists may perform more complex procedures which may involve preparing specimens and manual tests while technicians perform more automated tests.
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians generally carry out the following duties:
Collect and analyze samples of bodily fluids and other substances for abnormalities
Operate medical laboratory equipment including computerized machinery
Record all data into patient’s medical record and report findings to laboratory technologists or physicians
Train or direct medical technicians
A bachelor’s degree in medical technology or life sciences is typically required for entry level Medical technologist positions. An associate’s degree in clinical laboratory science is required for Medical technicians. A background of chemistry, biology and math is required for both titles. In some cases, though not required, certification is preferred for both Medical technologists and Medical technicians. However, the certification varies among states.
In order to test Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians effectively, employers usually administer the IQ cognitive test to analyze the individual’s analytical skills . Lastly, the work ethics personality test which would be u used to assess an individuals work ethic and ethical code of conduct.
2018 Median Pay
|$52,330 per year, $25.16 per hour|
Entry level qualification
|Associate's or Bachelor's degree|
Number of jobs in 2016
Expected Growth rate (2016 – 26)