Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians include:

Experience and Education

Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.

  • 45.93% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 30.9% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.

    Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.

    Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.

    Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.

    Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.

    Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.

    Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.

    Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.

    Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.

    Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.

    Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.

    Test raw materials, processes, or finished products to determine quality or quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.

    Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.

    Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.

    Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.





Triple beam balances


Tissue embedding equipment

Tissue cassettes

All Tools

Thermal cyclers


Sterile transfer tubes

Sterile blood lancets



Single-channel pipettes

Serology tube rotators

Serological kits

Sensitivity plates

Semiautomated hematology analyzers

Scintillation counters

Portable coagulation analyzers

Platelet rockers

Plate washers

Plasma thawers

Plasma extractors

pH meters

Petri dishes

Personal computers

Notebook computers

Needle holders

Microtiter plates



Light microscopes

Laser printers

Laminar flow hoods

Laboratory vacuum pumps

Label printers


Homologous test systems

Heterologous test systems

Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems

Hematology analyzers


Glucose monitoring systems

Glass slides

Gas chromatographs GC

Fluorescence microscopes

Flow cytometers

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Electrolyte analyzers

Electrical mixers

Dry bath incubators

Dropping pipettes


Differential hematology analyzers with laser technology

Desktop computers

Compound microscopes

Colorimetric devices

Collection tube holders/adapters

Coagulation analyzers


Chemistry analyzers


Cell washers

Cell counters

Capillary tubes

Capillary sticks

Candle jars

Butterfly needles

Blood culture incubators

Blood collection syringes

Blood collection needles

Blood bank refrigerators

Blood agar plates

Bench refractometers

Automatic pipetters

Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems

Automated platelet analyzers

Automated coagulation analyzers

Automated chemistry analyzers


Antigen-coated test plates

Analytical balances

Anaerobe jars

Agglutination viewers

8 and 12 channel pipettes

5-part differential automated hematology analyzers

22-gauge needles


MEDITECH software


National Instruments LabVIEW

Billing software

Commercial plate reader software

Electronic medical record EMR software

FileMaker Pro

All Technologies

Hematology laboratory workflow management software

Laboratory information system LIS

Medical digital imaging software

Medical software

Medical system integration software

Microscopic image capturing software

Quality control software

Reimbursement screening software

Specimen tracking software

Spreadsheet software

Sunquest Information Systems Sunquest Laboratory

Test result delivery software

Test routing software


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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.


Teaching others how to do something.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Operation Monitoring

Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Quality Control Analysis

Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.


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