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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

  • $54,466

    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
Adjunct Professor Faculty ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Professor Sales Consultant Personal Banker
Bank Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Director Chairperson
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Mentor Research Fellow Laboratory Director
Director Of Laboratory Operations
15 Yearsyrs
Specialist Phlebotomist Medical Technologist
Director Of Laboratory Services
13 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Program Director Education Consultant
Educational Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Scientist Senior Scientist Laboratory Director
Laboratory Administrative Director
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager President Laboratory Assistant
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Scientist Staff Scientist Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Manager Of Operations
10 Yearsyrs
Senior Laboratory Technician Analytical Chemist Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Family Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nurse Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Faculty Nurse Practitioner Staff Nurse
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Operations Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Assurance Director
12 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Analyst Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Adjunct Instructor Clinical Coordinator Clinical Research Coordinator
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
8 Yearsyrs
Assistant Professor Visiting Researcher Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Supervisor Quality Assurance Manager Production Manager
Technical Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Laboratory Coordinator Demographics

Gender

Female

57.4%

Male

40.3%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

58.8%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

9.7%

Unknown

4.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.3%

French

10.7%

Mandarin

4.1%

Urdu

4.1%

Chinese

4.1%

German

4.1%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Hindi

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Thai

1.7%

Cantonese

1.7%

Greek

1.7%

Japanese

1.7%

Hebrew

1.7%

Swahili

0.8%

Turkish

0.8%

Hungarian

0.8%

Wolof

0.8%
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Laboratory Coordinator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.1%

Pennsylvania State University

7.1%

University of Colorado at Boulder

7.1%

Texas A&M University

6.6%

Walden University

6.6%

Georgia State University

5.6%

Oklahoma State University

5.6%

University of Kentucky

4.6%

Iowa State University

4.6%

Johns Hopkins University

4.6%

Colorado State University

4.6%

Syracuse University

4.1%

University of Alabama

4.1%

Wayne State University

4.1%

Bowling Green State University

4.1%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.1%

University of Iowa

4.1%

University of Florida

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

University of North Texas

3.6%
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Majors

Biology

15.3%

Business

13.3%

Nursing

12.3%

Chemistry

11.0%

Psychology

6.9%

Medical Technician

4.1%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

4.0%

Health Care Administration

3.2%

Education

3.1%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.1%

Management

2.7%

Microbiology

2.6%

Computer Science

2.6%

Geology

2.5%

Chemical Engineering

2.5%

Environmental Science

2.3%

Physics

2.3%

Public Health

2.2%

Communication

2.1%

Criminal Justice

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

33.9%

Masters

31.2%

Other

14.0%

Doctorate

8.5%

Associate

7.4%

Certificate

3.4%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.3%
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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
Laboratory Coordinator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Aug 03, 2009 $55,000
Laboratory Coordinator Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Mar 24, 2014 $55,000
Laboratory Coordinator The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Cente Houston, TX Feb 13, 2011 $55,000
Lab Coordinator Columbia University New York, NY Apr 01, 2015 $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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  1. Lab
  2. Safety Procedures
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  • Organized and facilitated laboratory course schedule assignments among graduate teaching assistants.
  • Comply with University of Kansas Environmental Health and Safety procedures for hazardous materials.
  • Prepared labs for various classes including anatomy/physiology, genetics, microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry, and immunology.
  • Hired and managed 20 research assistants while handling supply, financial, and organizational needs of lab.
  • Create an electronic repository of assessments, implement e-Learning in General Chemistry, and edit/write General Chemistry Laboratory manuals.

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