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Working As a Clinical Laboratory Assistant

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $30,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Clinical Laboratory Assistant Do

Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances.

Duties

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians typically do the following:

  • Analyze body fluids, such as blood, urine, and tissue samples, and record normal or abnormal findings
  • Study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment, such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient’s medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technicians

Both technicians and technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians and surgeons or other healthcare personnel order. However, technologists perform more complex tests and laboratory procedures than technicians do. For example, technologists may prepare specimens and perform detailed manual tests, whereas technicians perform routine tests that may be more automated. Medical laboratory technicians usually work under the general supervision of medical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers.

Technologists in small laboratories perform many types of tests; in large laboratories, they sometimes specialize. The following are examples of types of specialized medical laboratory technologists:

Blood bank technologists, or immunohematology technologists, collect blood, classify it by type, and prepare blood and its components for transfusions. 

Clinical chemistry technologists prepare specimens and analyze the chemical and hormonal contents of body fluids. 

Cytotechnologists prepare slides of body cells and examine these cells with a microscope for abnormalities that may signal the beginning of a cancerous growth. 

Immunology technologists examine elements of the human immune system and its response to foreign bodies. 

Microbiology technologists examine and identify bacteria and other microorganisms. 

Molecular biology technologists perform complex protein and nucleic acid tests on cell samples.

Like technologists, medical laboratory technicians may work in several areas of the laboratory or specialize in one particular area. For example, histotechnicians cut and stain tissue specimens for pathologists, who are doctors who study the cause and development of diseases at a microscopic level.

Technologists and technicians often specialize after they have worked in a particular area for a long time or have received advanced education or training in that area.

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How To Become A Clinical Laboratory Assistant

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

Education

An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.

Advancement

After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Clinical Laboratory Assistant Career Paths

Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Certified Nursing Assistant Licensed Practical Nurse Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Manager
Service Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Certified Nursing Assistant Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Technician Consultant
Partner
6 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Technician Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist Research Associate
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Physician Assistant Office Manager
Chief Executive Officer
8 Yearsyrs
Technician Production Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Director Of Quality
14 Yearsyrs
Technician Senior Technologist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Manager Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Technician Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
12 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Technician Research Associate Clinical Research Coordinator
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Clinical Laboratory Technician Clinical Laboratory Scientist Laboratory Supervisor
Clinical Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Home Health Aid Patient Services Assistant Medical Billing, Receptionist
Medical Technologist Lead
5 Yearsyrs
Instructor Research Associate Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Administrative Director
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Research Assistant Microbiologist Medical Technologist, Generalist
Senior Medical Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Medical Technologist, Generalist Senior Medical Technologist
Senior Medical Laboratory Technician
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Clerk 3.2 years
Laboratory Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Phlebotomist 19.2%
Cashier 5.7%
Internship 5.2%
Volunteer 4.1%
Assistant 2.3%
Processor 2.0%
Top Careers After Clinical Laboratory Assistant
Phlebotomist 20.6%
Internship 3.8%
Volunteer 3.0%
Cashier 2.9%
Processor 2.3%

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Average Yearly Salary
$30,000
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$27,000
Min 10%
$30,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$35,000
Max 90%
Highest Paying City
Brockton, MA
Highest Paying State
Rhode Island
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Clinical Laboratory Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Clinical Laboratory Assistant in the United States is $31,012 per year or $15 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $27,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $35,000.

Top Skills for A Clinical Laboratory Assistant

  1. Clinical Lab
  2. Lab Equipment
  3. Phlebotomy
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked with a team of clinical laboratory scientists and veterinary clinical pathologists to evaluate biologic samples for evidence of disease.
  • Develop and implemented lab equipment procedures and preventive maintenance resulting in reduction of service calls.
  • Perform a variety of clinical support duties involved in the identification and processing of clinical specimens and phlebotomy collection.
  • Collect all toxicological/laboratory specimens during autopsy.
  • Label, process, and distribute patient specimens for testing; responsible for registration and test data entry.

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Top 10 Best States for Clinical Laboratory Assistants

  1. Maine
  2. New Hampshire
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Vermont
  5. North Dakota
  6. Connecticut
  7. Alaska
  8. New York
  9. Massachusetts
  10. Michigan
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Clinical Laboratory Assistant Resume Examples And Tips

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Clinical Laboratory Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

67.1%

Male

22.3%

Unknown

10.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.2%

Hispanic or Latino

20.3%

Black or African American

10.0%

Asian

8.3%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.1%

French

10.1%

Russian

4.5%

Vietnamese

3.4%

Hindi

3.4%

Armenian

3.4%

Italian

3.4%

Ukrainian

2.2%

Persian

2.2%

Swedish

1.1%

Gujarati

1.1%

Mandarin

1.1%

Aramaic

1.1%

Thai

1.1%

Bengali

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Tagalog

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Chinese

1.1%

German

1.1%
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Clinical Laboratory Assistant Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

12.4%

Central New Mexico Community College

10.8%

Ultimate Medical Academy - Clearwater

9.7%

Weber State University

7.7%

Arizona State University

6.6%

University of Utah

4.6%

University of Washington

4.6%

Truckee Meadows Community College

4.6%

Everest College - Phoenix

4.2%

Central Piedmont Community College

3.9%

Old Dominion University

3.5%

Drexel University

3.5%

University of New Mexico

3.5%

Ashford University

3.1%

Newbridge College

3.1%

Kaplan University

3.1%

Tidewater Community College

3.1%

Edmonds Community College

2.7%

University of Texas at Austin

2.7%

Northeastern University

2.7%
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Majors

Medical Assisting Services

15.4%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

15.0%

Nursing

12.3%

Biology

11.7%

Business

8.2%

Medical Technician

5.8%

Health Care Administration

5.4%

Psychology

3.2%

Nursing Assistants

2.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

2.4%

General Studies

2.3%

Chemistry

2.3%

Medical Clinical Sciences

1.9%

Health Sciences And Services

1.8%

Criminal Justice

1.8%

Clinical Psychology

1.8%

Management

1.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.5%

Education

1.5%

Public Health

1.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.1%

Other

27.4%

Associate

14.3%

Masters

11.2%

Certificate

9.4%

Diploma

4.1%

Doctorate

2.1%

License

0.5%
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