Medical Laboratory Tech

Medical laboratory technicians who are sometimes called "clinical lab technicians" work under the supervision of medical technologists or physicians. According to the website their tasks include preparing blood tissue and urine samples for analysis. Also they use laboratory equipment to inspect samples for bacteria and parasites they analyze the chemical composition of fluids and they may test for drug levels in the blood. In some cases they match blood types for transfusions. Most medical laboratory technicians work in hospitals but they can also be employed by clinics private laboratories public health organizations and research departments at pharmaceutical companies. Medical laboratory technicians must have a high school diploma or the equivalent and then they must complete a one- to two-year accredited medical lab tech program which either results in a certificate or an associate's degree. Included in these programs are courses in mathematics chemistry microbiology and immunology. Some medical laboratory technicians complete a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life science. Many employers require medical laboratory technicians to be Certified Medical Laboratory Technicians which they can earn by passing an exam administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology or the American Medical Technologist. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that job opportunities for medical laboratory technicians will increase because not only will hospitals be hiring more of them but also they will be needed in medical and diagnostic laboratories and physicians' offices. According to the website medical laboratory technicians earn annual salaries between approximately $37000 and $45500 although those with experience and skills can earn close to $50000.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $43297
High Salary: $49480
Low Salary: $37114
Tasks: Performs tests on tissue, blood and body fluids.
Uses laboratory equipment.
Monitors tests and procedures.
Matches blood types.
Also Called: Clinical Laboratory Technician
Lab Tech
Medical Lab Tech
Laboratory Technologist
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