Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Health Science > Diagnostic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

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

Common job titles of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 59.36% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.

  • 30.1% said they needed a Associate's Degree.


    Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.

    Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.

    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.

    Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.

    Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.

    Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.

    Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.

    Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.

    Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.

    Select and prepare specimens and media for cell cultures, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.

    Obtain, cut, stain, and mount biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.

    Harvest cell cultures at optimum time, based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.

    Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.

    Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.

    Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.





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

Safety pipetting devices

Portable coagulation analyzers

Platelet rockers

Plate washers

Plasma thawers

Plasma extractors



pH meters

Petri dishes

Personal computers


Notebook computers

Needle holders

Microtiter plates



Manual pipettes

Light microscopes

Laser printers

Laminar flow hoods

Laminar flow cabinets

Laboratory vacuum pumps

Label printers


Hot air ovens

Homologous test systems

Heterologous test systems

Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems

Hematology analyzers



Glucose monitoring systems

Glass slides

Gel electrophoresis equipment

Fume hoods

Fluorescence microscopes

Flow cytometers

Flame photometers

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers

Electrolyte analyzers

Electrical mixers

Dropping pipettes


Differential hematology analyzers with laser technology

Differential cell counters

Desktop computers

Compound light microscopes


Collection tube holders/adapters

Coagulation analyzers


Chemistry analyzers


Cell washers

Cell counters

Capillary tubes

Capillary sticks

Candle jars


Butterfly needles

Blood collection syringes

Blood collection needles

Blood bank refrigerators

Blood agar plates

Bench refractometers


Automatic tissue processors

Automatic pipetters

Automatic pipetter diluters

Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems

Automated urinalysis equipment

Automated platelet analyzers

Automated hematology 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

Commercial plate reader software

Electronic medical record EMR software

FileMaker Pro

Hematology laboratory workflow management software

Laboratory information system LIS

Medical digital imaging software

All Technologies

Medical procedure coding software

Medical software

Medical system integration software

Microscopic image capturing software

Quality control software

Reimbursement screening software

Specimen tracking software

Spreadsheet software

Test result delivery software

Test routing software


Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.

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.

Operation Monitoring

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


Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Learning

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


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

Complex Problem Solving

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

Quality Control Analysis

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


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


Teaching others how to do something.

Judgment and Decision Making

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

Time Management

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


Using mathematics to solve problems.

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.


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Information Ordering

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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