Clinical or Medical Laboratory Technician

Love working with a microscope? Fascinated by pathology and cellular biology? Build a career as a medical or clinical laboratory technician.

What Does Working as a Medical Laboratory Technician Look Like?

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

Medical or clinical laboratory technicians typically perform some or all of the following:

  • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients.
  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids using a microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases.
  • Enter findings from specimen analysis into a software program or database.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Perform routine medical laboratory tests that contribute to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

Medical Laboratory Technician Salary and Forecast

Medical or clinical laboratory technicians with an associate’s degree can expect to earn a median salary of $33,745, whereas laboratory technicians with a bachelor’s degree typically earn a median wage of $39,461.

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Job opportunity growth for this career is forecasted to increase at a rate of 15% per year nationally. North Carolina has a higher-than-average demand for medical or clinical laboratory technicians. Job demand is forecasted to increase at a rate of 27.64% per year in North Carolina.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Medical Laboratory Technician?

Most medical or clinical laboratory technicians have an undergraduate certificate, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. A certificate from NC State is highly regarded in the field of microbiology.

Medical technologists and laboratory scientists typically supervise laboratory technicians. With experience and advanced education, medical laboratory technicians can advance to become medical technologists. Both start their careers with deep knowledge of microbiology as provided in this certificate program.

Medical Laboratory Technician Job Opportunities

Other similar job titles are:

  • Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Technician

Lab techs are in high demand, and the demand is only going to get higher! Explore medical or clinical laboratory technician jobs.

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Want to be a key part of a medical team identifying abnormalities and signs of illness or health? Get the knowledge and credentials you need to build the career you want. Apply today for a certificate in microbiology.


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