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Working As A Director Of Laboratory Operations

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $119,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Director Of Laboratory Operations Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Director Of Laboratory Operations

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Director Of Laboratory Operations
Supervisor 6.0%
Manager 4.7%
Director 3.9%
Top Careers After Director Of Laboratory Operations
Director 6.0%
Consultant 3.6%

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Director Of Laboratory Operations Demographics

Gender

Male

57.5%

Female

31.0%

Unknown

11.5%
Ethnicity

White

56.9%

Hispanic or Latino

16.7%

Black or African American

11.9%

Asian

10.1%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Portuguese

33.3%

French

33.3%

Spanish

33.3%

Director Of Laboratory Operations Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.4%

Adrian College

6.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.5%

University of San Francisco

4.5%

University of the West

4.5%

Iona College

4.5%

Indiana University Bloomington

4.5%

Ohio State University

4.5%

Rochester Institute of Technology

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

Valdosta State University

4.5%

University of North Texas

4.5%

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.5%

Capella University

4.5%

George Washington University

4.5%

University of Cincinnati

4.5%

Clemson University

4.5%

Purdue University

4.5%

University of California - Davis

4.5%
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Majors

Biology

14.9%

Business

13.4%

Medical Technician

11.9%

Chemistry

10.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

8.2%

Management

4.5%

Pharmacy

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.7%

Health Sciences And Services

3.0%

Finance

3.0%

Biomedical Sciences

3.0%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.0%

Biomedical Engineering

3.0%

Microbiology

2.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.2%

Project Management

2.2%

Zoology

2.2%

Education

2.2%

Public Health

1.5%

Management Information Systems

1.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.2%

Masters

28.4%

Doctorate

18.6%

Other

9.8%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

2.7%

Diploma

0.5%
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Average Yearly Salary
$119,000
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$78,000
Min 10%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
$119,000
Median 50%
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Median 50%
$182,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Marshfield Clinic
Highest Paying City
Seattle, WA
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.9 years
How much does a Director Of Laboratory Operations make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Director Of Laboratory Operations in the United States is $119,750 per year or $58 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $78,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $182,000.

Real Director Of Laboratory Operations Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Histology Lab Operations Cblpath, Inc. Rye Brook, NY Jan 01, 2013 $158,500
Director, Histology Lab Operations Cblpath, Inc. Rye Brook, NY Jan 01, 2010 $135,000
Associate Director-Laboratory Operations Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Wixom, MI Aug 18, 2014 $104,550
Associate Director-Laboratory Operations Sun Pharmaceutical Industries, Inc. Detroit, MI Sep 12, 2014 $104,550
Associate Director-Laboratory Operations Caraco Pharmaceutical Laboratories, Ltd. Detroit, MI Sep 12, 2011 $99,999
Director of Clia Lab Operations Berg LLC Framingham, MA Sep 30, 2014 $95,000
Director of Laboratory Operations and Quality Syst Nxgen MDX, LLC Grand Rapids, MI Jul 01, 2014 $83,000
Director of Laboratory Operations and Quality Syst Nxgen MDX, LLC Grand Rapids, MI Sep 15, 2014 $83,000

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Top Skills for A Director Of Laboratory Operations

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Ensure Compliance
  3. Clia
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  • Negotiated with external vendors and saved company thousands of dollars for lab supplies and lab equipment.
  • Review processes to ensure compliance with CAP, CLIA, HIPAA and other guidelines.
  • Ensured readiness for accreditation and maintaining compliance with CLIA, CAP, and the Joint Commission standards.
  • Remediated client issues by performing on business unit Customer Service Management Team.
  • Assessed and evaluated the volume of work in our facility and utilized resources to complete customer orders.

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  7. Alaska
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