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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
Quick Facts : Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians*
2010 Median Pay$46,680
Entry Level Education
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012330,600
Job Outlook13% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change42,900


Medical laboratory technologists (also known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform the tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. Medical laboratory technicians usually work under the supervision of medical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers.

What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians Do

  • Analyze body fluids such as blood, urine, and tissue samples to determine normal or abnormal findings
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient's medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technicians

Work Environment

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians work in healthcare facilities or laboratories.
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Job Outlook

Employment of medical laboratory technologists is expected to grow by 11 percent between 2010 and 2020 and 15 percent for medical laboratory technicians.
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Pay

In May 2010, the average salary of medical laboratory technologists was $56,130 in May 2010.
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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

46680

Healthcare Occupations

58203.2

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians*
Percent Change in Employment

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

12.9764

Healthcare Occupations

25.417691284418105

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor's degree. Technicians usually need an associate's degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed. An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.
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