Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.

Job Outlook through 2024

Employment Current: 9,680
Employment Projected: 10,850
Percentage Change: 12.1%

Education/Training

Bachelor's Degree

Sample Job Titles

  • Chief Medical Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Histologist Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech)
  • Medical Technologist (MT)
  • Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Microbiologist
  • Microbiology Technologist
  • Research Assistant

Duties

  • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
  • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
  • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
  • Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
  • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.

Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $28,200
Average: $41,950
Experienced: $48,830