Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+7.3% (as fast as the average)


What Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Do

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

Other Job Titles Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists May Have

Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Clinical Laboratory Technologist, Histologist Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech), Medical Technologist (MT), Microbiology Technologist

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Medical Laboratory Scientist ,

Dell Seton Medical Center (Ascension Health)

In the hospital, I start each shift receiving a hand-off of information from the scientist who is leaving. I will then perform Quality Control specimens for various tests, instrument maintenance if needed, and take over the testing bench. The rest of the shift is resulting tests, calling critical results, and keeping the pending tests list updated. The lab is split into 'benches' and each MLS will work one bench per shift. Benches in our lab are hematology, urinalysis, chemistry, and blood bank.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
  • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
  • 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.

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