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Working As A Laboratory Coordinator

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $47,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Coordinator 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 Laboratory Coordinator

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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Laboratory Coordinator Career Paths

Laboratory Coordinator
Research Associate Consultant Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Consultant Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Research Associate Consultant Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Adjunct Professor Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Therapist Clinical Coordinator
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Chemist Scientist
Senior Research Associate
6 Yearsyrs
Chemist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chemist Senior Scientist Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Manager Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Manager Operations Manager
Operations Project Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
11 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Production Supervisor
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Supervisor Superintendent
Quality Control Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Team Leader Case Manager Clinical Manager
Clinical Operations Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Senior Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Manager Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Senior Scientist Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Scientist Laboratory Supervisor
Clinical Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Administrator Office Manager Accounts Payable Manager
Account Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Manager 4.0 years
Coordinator 2.7 years
Laboratory Aide 1.9 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Coordinator
Internship 6.1%
Instructor 4.3%
Volunteer 3.1%
Cashier 3.1%
Technician 2.7%
Top Careers After Laboratory Coordinator
Instructor 6.7%
Internship 5.9%
Volunteer 3.9%
Supervisor 3.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$47,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$47,000
Median 50%
$76,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Novartis
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Laboratory Coordinator make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Coordinator in the United States is $47,569 per year or $23 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $76,000.

Real Laboratory Coordinator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Laboratory Coordinator DAL-Tile Corporation Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2013 $71,400 -
$73,100
Lab Coordinator The Salk Institute for Biological Studies San Diego, CA Aug 01, 2014 $70,746
Senior Lab Coordinator Janssen Research & Development, LLC San Diego, CA Aug 25, 2016 $67,500
Pihoa Regional Laboratory Coordinator Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Jan 01, 2011 $64,584
Technical Laboratory Coordinator Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station College Station, TX Dec 07, 2012 $63,000
ECE Laboratory Coordinator Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, IL Sep 23, 2012 $62,724
SR. Laboratory Coordinator The Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Jan 04, 2016 $61,600
Clinical and Simulation Laboratory Coordinator Morgan State University Baltimore, MD May 29, 2014 $61,000
Research Laboratory Coordinator H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Tampa, FL Aug 15, 2016 $60,000
Laboratory Coordinator DAL-Tile Corporation Dallas, TX Oct 01, 2010 $58,827
Laboratory Coordinator Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA Jun 01, 2015 $57,000
Laboratory Coordinator Johns Hopkins University-Homewood Campus Baltimore, MD Aug 05, 2011 $56,100
Instructor/Laboratory Coordinator Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Aug 17, 2016 $55,514
Lab Coordinator Columbia University New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $55,000
Laboratory Coordinator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Mar 24, 2014 $55,000
Laboratory Coordinator Access Bio, Inc. Somerset, NJ Aug 17, 2011 $55,000
Laboratory Coordinator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 03, 2009 $55,000
Instructor & Laboratory Coordinator Tuskegee University Tuskegee, AL Dec 15, 2009 $50,000
Instructor/Laboratory Coordinator Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Aug 23, 2010 $50,000
BIO Cassava Plus Laboratory Coordinator Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Saint Louis, MO Oct 13, 2011 $49,546
Laboratory Coordinator III Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY Aug 08, 2016 $48,000 -
$60,000
Molecular Biology Laboratory Coordinator St. Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN Jan 08, 2016 $47,514
Laboratory Coordinator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Dec 06, 2013 $47,380
Laboratory Coordinator and Lecturer Elon University SC Aug 27, 2012 $46,600
Vaccine Clinicla Laboratory Coordinator The Aaron Diamond Aids Research Center New York, NY Jul 10, 2015 $46,517

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Coordinator

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Biology
  3. Research Assistants
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  • Coordinated all lab equipment, supplies, and cadaver utilization, monitoring student adherence to institutional and departmental safety policies.
  • Prepared the laboratory materials and exercises for the general Biology, Histology, and Microbiology laboratory.
  • Conducted staffing analysis; recruited, interviewed, trained, and supervised undergraduate research assistants.
  • Served as a Lab Coordinator/Instructor responsibilities included, tutoring students, preparing/administering tests and final grade preparation.
  • Focused on customer service by cultivating relationships and improving quality of service.

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Top 10 Best States for Laboratory Coordinators

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  2. Rhode Island
  3. New Hampshire
  4. Connecticut
  5. Massachusetts
  6. New Jersey
  7. Oregon
  8. Vermont
  9. Wyoming
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Laboratory Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

51.8%

Male

36.6%

Unknown

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

57.9%

Hispanic or Latino

17.2%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.5%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

51.5%

French

9.6%

Chinese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Mandarin

3.6%

Urdu

3.6%

Italian

3.6%

Portuguese

3.0%

Arabic

3.0%

Hindi

2.4%

Korean

2.4%

Japanese

1.8%

Thai

1.2%

Cantonese

1.2%

Greek

1.2%

Hebrew

1.2%

Swahili

0.6%

Turkish

0.6%

Hungarian

0.6%

Wolof

0.6%
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Laboratory Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

13.8%

Walden University

7.2%

Texas A&M University

6.9%

University of Colorado at Boulder

6.0%

Georgia State University

5.3%

Pennsylvania State University

5.3%

Ohio State University

4.7%

Johns Hopkins University

4.7%

Oklahoma State University

4.7%

Arizona State University

4.4%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

Iowa State University

4.1%

New York University

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.8%

University of Texas at Arlington

3.8%

Colorado State University

3.8%

Texas State University

3.5%

University of Utah

3.5%

University of Houston

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.1%
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Majors

Biology

15.5%

Business

13.7%

Nursing

12.6%

Chemistry

10.3%

Psychology

7.4%

Medical Technician

4.4%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.1%

Health Care Administration

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.2%

Medical Assisting Services

3.0%

Computer Science

2.7%

Management

2.5%

Public Health

2.2%

Microbiology

2.2%

Communication

2.0%

Physics

2.0%

Accounting

2.0%

Electrical Engineering

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

35.9%

Masters

29.4%

Other

14.0%

Doctorate

7.8%

Associate

7.8%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.3%

License

0.2%
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