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29-2011.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
Sample of reported job titles: Chief Medical Technologist; Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS); Clinical Laboratory Technologist; Histologist Technologist; Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech); Medical Technologist (MT); Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist; Microbiologist; Microbiology Technologist; Research Assistant
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Tools used in this occupation:
- Anaerobic jars or accessories — Anaerobe jars; Candle jars
- Analytical balances
- Bench refractometers or polarimeters — Bench refractometers
- Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Compound light microscopes
- Blood bank analyzers — Agglutination viewers
- Blood bank cell washers — Cell washers
- Blood collection needle — Blood collection needles
- Blood collection needle holders — Needle holders
- Blood collection syringes
- Butterfly needles
- Capillary or hematocrit tubes — Capillary sticks; Capillary tubes
- Chemistry analyzers — Automated chemistry analyzers; Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems; Heterologous test systems; Homologous test systems
- Chromatographic detectors — Chromatographs
- Coagulation analyzers — Automated coagulation analyzers; Portable coagulation analyzers
- Compact disc CD or labeling printers — Label printers
- Desktop computers
- Dropping pipettes
- Electrolyte analyzers
- Electronic multichannel pipetters — 8 and 12 channel pipettes
- Extracting equipment for laboratories — Plasma extractors
- Fluorescent microscopes — Fluorescence microscopes
- Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators — Incubators
- Fume hoods or cupboards — Fume hoods
- Gel documentation systems — Gel electrophoresis equipment
- Glucose monitors or meters — Glucose monitoring systems
- Hemacytometer sets — Hemacytometers
- Hematology analyzers — Automated hematology analyzers; Automated platelet analyzers; Hemaglobinometers; Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems (see all 7 examples)
- Histology tissue cassettes — Tissue cassettes
- Hypodermic needle — 22-gauge needles
- Immunology or serology test kits or supplies — Serological kits
- Laboratory balances — Balances
- Laboratory diluters — Automatic pipetter diluters; Diluters
- Laboratory mechanical convection ovens — Hot air ovens
- Laboratory mixers — Electrical mixers
- Laboratory vacuum pumps
- Laminar flow cabinets or stations — Laminar flow cabinets; Laminar flow hoods
- Lancets — Sterile blood lancets
- Laser printers
- Liquid scintillation counters — Scintillation counters
- Manual multichannel air displacement pipetters — Manual pipettes
- Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters — Cell counters; Differential cell counters
- Manual single channel air displacement pipetters — Single-channel pipettes
- Microbiology analyzers — Flow cytometers
- Microcentrifuges — Microhematocrits
- Microplate readers — Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers
- Microplate washers — Plate washers
- Microscope slides — Glass slides
- Multipurpose or general test tubes — Sterile transfer tubes
- Multiwell plates — Microtiter plates
- Notebook computers
- Personal computers
- Petri plates or dishes — Petri dishes
- pH meters
- Phlebotomy trays or accessories — Collection tube holders/adapters; Unopettes
- Photo attachments for microscopes — Photomicroscopes
- Photometers — Flame photometers
- Pipetter inserts or accessories — Safety pipetting devices
- Platelet mixers — Platelet rockers
- Robotic or automated liquid handling systems — Automatic pipetters
- Specialty plates for bacteria — Blood agar plates
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves
- Stereo or dissecting light microscopes — Light microscopes
- Surgical sterile instrument brushes or instrument stylets or instrument wipes — Stylets
- Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Thermal cyclers
- Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts — Antigen-coated test plates; Sensitivity plates
- Tissue embedding stations — Tissue embedding equipment
- Tissue processors — Automatic tissue processors
- Triple beam balances
- Tube rotators — Serology tube rotators
- Urinalysis analyzers — Automated urinalysis equipment; Urinometers
- Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes; Vacutainer tubes
- Warming cabinets — Plasma thawers
Technology used in this occupation:
- Data base user interface and query software — Database software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Medical software — Electronic medical record EMR software; Laboratory information system LIS software; Test result delivery software; Test routing software (see all 12 examples)
- Spreadsheet software
- Word processing software
- Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
- Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
- Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
- Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
- Analyze laboratory findings.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
- Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
- Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
- Determine protocols for medical procedures.
- Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
- Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
- Train medical providers.
- Develop healthcare quality and safety procedures.
- Clean medical equipment or facilities.
- Cultivate micro-organisms for study, testing, or medical preparations.
- Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
- Supervise technical medical personnel.
|Title||Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.|
|Related Experience||A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.|
|Job Zone Examples||Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, database administrators, teachers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
Percentage of Respondents
|Education Level Required|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
|19-4031.00||Chemical Technicians Green|
|19-4092.00||Forensic Science Technicians|
|29-2011.03||Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians|
|29-2012.00||Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Bright Outlook|
|29-2032.00||Diagnostic Medical Sonographers|
|29-2054.00||Respiratory Therapy Technicians|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$28.57 hourly, $59,430 annual|
|Employment (2012)||164,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Average (8% to 14%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||65,800|
|Top industries (2012)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (88% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.
- American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) , Board of Registry, 917 Locust St., Suite 1100, St. Louis, MO 63101. Phone: (314) 241-1445. Fax: (314) 241-1449.
- American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) , 8101 Glenbrook Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814-2749. Phone: (301) 907-6977. Fax: (301) 907-6895.
- American Medical Technologists (AMT) , 10700 W. Higgins Rd., Suite 150, Rosemont, IL 60018. Phone: (847) 823-5169. Fax: (847) 823-0458.
- American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) , 6701 Democracy Blvd., Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20817. Phone: (301) 657-2768. Fax: (301) 657-2909.
- American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) , 33 W Monroe, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603. Phone: (312) 541-4999. Fax: (312) 541-4998.
- American Society for Cytopathology (ACS) , 400 W. 9th St., Suite 201, Wilmington, DE 19801. Phone: (302) 429-8802. Fax: (302) 429-8807.
- Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) , 989 Old Eagle School Rd., Suite 815, Wayne, PA 19087. Phone: (610) 995-2640. Fax: (610) 995-9568.
- National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) , 8410 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Suite 670, Chicago, IL 60631. Phone: (773) 714-8880. Fax: (773) 714-8886.