Laboratory Scientist

Love working with a microscope and technology? Fascinated by microbiology? Enjoy working in a laboratory? Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Build a career as a laboratory scientist.

What Does Working as a Laboratory Scientist Look Like?

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

Laboratory scientists 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.  
  • 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.
  • Supervise laboratory technicians.
  • Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Laboratory Scientist Salary and Forecast

Laboratory scientists can expect to earn a median salary of $58,040.

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Job opportunity growth for this career is forecasted to increase at a rate of 14% per year nationally. North Carolina has a higher-than-average demand for laboratory scientists. Job demand is forecasted to increase at a rate of 26% per year in North Carolina.

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What Education is Required to Work as a Laboratory Scientist?

Most laboratory scientists or laboratory technologists 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. You may wish to get started as a laboratory technician and work your way into a laboratory scientist or laboratory technologist position, supervising technicians.

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Laboratory Scientist Job Opportunities

Laboratory scientists are in high demand, and the demand is only going to get higher! Similar job titles include:

  • 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
  • Public Health Laboratory Technician
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Scientist
  • Research Scientist

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Ready to Get Started?

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

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