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Become A Laboratory Director

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Working As A Laboratory Director

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Developing and Building Teams
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $109,510

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Director Do

A Laboratory Director is responsible for the overall operation and administration of the laboratory. They examine data, create reports, manage the staff, and ensure that the lab facility operates in accordance with the regulatory provisions of the government and the organization.

How To Become A Laboratory Director

Most medical and health services managers have at least a bachelor’s degree before entering the field. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Educational requirements vary by facility.

Education

Medical and health services managers typically need at least a bachelor’s degree to enter the occupation. However, master’s degrees are common and sometimes preferred by employers. Graduate programs often last between 2 and 3 years and may include up to 1 year of supervised administrative experience in a hospital or healthcare consulting setting.

Prospective medical and health services managers typically have a degree in health administration, health management, nursing, public health administration, or business administration. Degrees that focus on both management and healthcare combine business-related courses with courses in medical terminology, hospital organization, and health information systems. For example, a degree in health administration or health information management often includes courses in health services management, accounting and budgeting, human resources administration, strategic planning, law and ethics, health economics, and health information systems.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many employers require prospective medical and health services managers to have some work experience in either an administrative or a clinical role in a hospital or other healthcare facility. For example, nursing home administrators usually have years of experience working as a registered nurse.

Others may begin their careers as medical records and health information technicians, administrative assistants, or financial clerks within a healthcare office.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Medical and health services managers must understand and follow current regulations and adapt to new laws.

Communication skills. These managers must effectively communicate policies and procedures with other health professionals and ensure their staff’s compliance with new laws and regulations.

Detail oriented. Medical and health services managers must pay attention to detail. They might be required to organize and maintain scheduling and billing information for very large facilities, such as hospitals.

Interpersonal skills. Medical and health services managers discuss staffing problems and patient information with other professionals, such as physicians and health insurance representatives.

Leadership skills. These managers are often responsible for finding creative solutions to staffing or other administrative problems. They must hire, train, motivate, and lead staff.

Technical skills. Medical and health services managers must stay up to date with advances in healthcare technology and data analytics. For example, they may need to use coding and classification software and electronic health record (EHR) systems as their facility adopts these technologies.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require licensure for nursing home administrators; requirements vary by state. In most states, these administrators must have a bachelor’s degree, complete a state-approved training program, and pass a national licensing exam. Some states also require applicants to pass a state-specific exam; others may require applicants to have previous work experience in a healthcare facility. Some states also require licensure for administrators in assisted-living facilities. For information on specific state-by-state licensure requirements, visit the National Association of Long Term Care Administrator Boards.

A license is typically not required in other areas of medical and health services management. However, some positions may require applicants to have a registered nurse or social worker license.

Although certification is not required, some managers choose to become certified. Certification is available in many areas of practice. For example, the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management offers certification in medical management, the American Health Information Management Association offers health information management certification, and the American College of Health Care Administrators offers the Certified Nursing Home Administrator and Certified Assisted Living Administrator distinctions.

Advancement

Medical and health services managers advance by moving into higher paying positions with more responsibility. Some health information managers, for example, can advance to become responsible for the entire hospital’s information systems. Other managers may advance to top executive positions within the organization.

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Laboratory Director Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    52.7%
  • Female

    43.3%
  • Unknown

    4.0%

Ethnicity

  • White

    76.5%
  • Asian

    10.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.2%
  • Unknown

    3.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.6%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    41.9%
  • German

    11.3%
  • Italian

    9.7%
  • Chinese

    8.1%
  • French

    8.1%
  • Arabic

    4.8%
  • Portuguese

    3.2%
  • Turkish

    3.2%
  • Filipino

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.6%
  • Japanese

    1.6%
  • Russian

    1.6%
  • Polish

    1.6%
  • Korean

    1.6%
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Real Laboratory Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head of Bioinformatics and Laboratory Director Signal Genetics LLC New York, NY Jun 17, 2013 $250,000
Associate Laboratory Director Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Jan 29, 2014 $221,492
Laboratory Director of The Embryology and Andrology LAB. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic Lebanon, NH Apr 26, 2016 $206,000
Deputy Associate Laboratory Director Ut-Battelle, LLC (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) Oak Ridge, TN Apr 18, 2011 $200,004
Laboratory Director Concentric Advisors Texas, LLC Lubbock, TX Jan 10, 2016 $200,000
Director of Laboratories Genesis Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, P.C. New York, NY Aug 12, 2016 $200,000
Laboratory Director Premier Medical, Inc. Fountain Inn, SC May 01, 2015 $190,000
Director Media Lab Say Media, Inc. San Francisco, CA Aug 28, 2012 $156,354 -
$181,522
Director of Laboratory Methodist Health System Dallas, TX Jun 20, 2013 $150,222
Director Transplant Immunology Laboratory Piedmont Hospital, Inc. Atlanta, GA Jan 04, 2012 $150,000 -
$195,395
DIR, Near-Infrared Spectroscopy & Angiographic Core Lab Medstar Health Research Institute Washington, DC Aug 24, 2015 $150,000
Lab Director Montana Children's Hospital Helena, MT Sep 05, 2015 $110,490
Lab Director Montana Children's Home & Hospital, Inc. Helena, MT Sep 04, 2012 $110,490
Director, Standards and Calibration Laboratory Phenix Technologies, Inc. Accident, MD Sep 20, 2013 $105,000 -
$115,000
ANI Anatomical Lab Director St. Vincent Medical Group Little Rock, AR Oct 01, 2013 $100,000
Laboratory Director The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Houston, TX Jan 07, 2013 $100,000
Chemical Laboratory Director Premier Foam Inc. Newnan, GA Oct 01, 2011 $100,000
Chemical Laboratory Director Premier Foam Inc. Newnan, GA Sep 30, 2014 $100,000
Laboratory Director The Methodist Hospital Research Institute Houston, TX Jul 01, 2013 $100,000
Laboratory Director Aemtek, Inc. Fremont, CA Sep 08, 2015 $81,000
Associate Laboratory Director Millennium Health LLC San Diego, CA Dec 16, 2014 $80,683 -
$165,000
Associate Laboratory Director Millennium Health LLC San Diego, CA Nov 04, 2014 $80,683 -
$165,000
Clinical Laboratory Director Florida Department of Health Jacksonville, FL Feb 01, 2013 $80,000
Microbiologists/Assistant Laboratory Director Florida Department of Health, Laboratory Services Jacksonville, FL Jun 12, 2012 $80,000
Assistant Laboratory Director Florida Department of Health Jacksonville, FL Mar 16, 2012 $80,000
Sleep Lab Director North Sunflower County Hospital Ruleville, MS Oct 03, 2011 $79,306
Sleep Lab Director North Sunflower Medical Center Ruleville, MS Oct 10, 2011 $79,306

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Director

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Top Laboratory Director Skills

  1. Clinical Laboratory
  2. Laboratory Procedures
  3. Regulatory Compliance
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Re-engineered clinical Laboratory to provide for increased productivity.
  • Write and review laboratory procedures for accuracy and completeness.
  • Participated in the Emergency Management Committee, Regulatory Compliance Committee and Patient Quality Safety Committee.
  • Set up and maintained quality assurance, quality control, performance improvement, laboratory safety, environmental and infection control standards.
  • Serve as laboratory director ensuring the office complies with CLIA regulations Honors/Awards

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