Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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

Median Annual Wage: $38,370

Education: Bachelor's degree (46%); Associate's degree (31%); Post-baccalaureate certificate (10%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Laboratory Technician; Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT); Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant); Clinical Laboratory Scientist; Laboratory Supervisor; Medical Technician; Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician; Clinical Laboratory Technician (Clinical Lab Technician); Medical Laboratory Technicians (Medical Lab Technician)

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  • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

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