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Working As a Laboratory Supervisor

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

  • Repetitive

  • $62,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Laboratory Supervisor 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 Supervisor

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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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Chief 5.7 years
Laboratory Manager 4.0 years
Top Careers Before Laboratory Supervisor
Chemist 5.7%
Supervisor 4.7%
Cashier 4.7%
Internship 4.5%
Technician 2.8%
Top Careers After Laboratory Supervisor
Manager 5.3%
Supervisor 5.1%
Cashier 4.4%
Chemist 3.7%
Consultant 3.7%
Internship 3.2%

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Average Yearly Salary
$62,000
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$45,000
Min 10%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$62,000
Median 50%
$84,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Chevron
Highest Paying City
Palo Alto, CA
Highest Paying State
California
Avg Experience Level
3.8 years
How much does a Laboratory Supervisor make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Laboratory Supervisor in the United States is $62,098 per year or $30 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $45,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $84,000.

Real Laboratory Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Laboratory Supervisor A.W.M. Corp. Islandia, NY Jul 14, 2013 $140,000
Laboratory Supervisor A.W.M. Corp. NY Jul 14, 2010 $131,982
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor--Toxicology Division Md Spine Solutions, LLC Reno, NV Sep 20, 2016 $130,000
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Oncocyte, Inc. Alameda, CA Nov 28, 2016 $130,000
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Ultimate Care Inc. Lake Worth, FL Jul 24, 2012 $101,026
Supervisor, Lab Intertek USA Inc. Houston, TX Sep 14, 2014 $95,056
Laboratory Supervisor-Genomic Testing Stanford Health Care Palo Alto, CA Sep 11, 2015 $92,268 -
$152,401
Laboratory Supervisor Western Refining Company El Paso, TX Oct 01, 2010 $91,254
Molecular Laboratory Supervisor North Shore-LIJ Health System New Hyde Park, NY Jan 25, 2010 $90,000
Laboratory Supervisor Salem Hospital Salem, OR Jan 08, 2016 $88,927 -
$93,685
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Ultimate Care Inc. Fort Pierce, FL Feb 26, 2015 $85,904
Lab Supervisor Jabil Circuit, Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 19, 2015 $70,741
Laboratory Supervisor, Hematology Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Aug 30, 2010 $70,000
Stability Laboratory Supervisor DR. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc. Bristol, TN Jul 11, 2011 $68,000
Lab Supervisor St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Dec 10, 2016 $67,808 -
$104,268
Lab Supervisor New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jan 08, 2015 $67,053
Lab Supervisor New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Aug 01, 2015 $67,053
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY May 12, 2009 $64,000
Textile Specialist/Laboratory Supervisor SGS North America Inc. Fairfield, NJ Mar 09, 2014 $54,340
Research Laboratory Supervisor Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Dec 09, 2013 $52,010
Laboratory Supervisor Michael A. Werner, M.D., P.C. NY Sep 06, 2013 $52,000
Laboratory Supervisor Compass Healthcare, PLC East Lansing, MI Nov 03, 2014 $50,000
Laboratory Supervisor The Univ. of Ala. at Birmingham (UAB) Birmingham, AL Nov 01, 2012 $50,000
Laboratory Supervisor The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX Jan 06, 2016 $50,000
Laboratory Supervisor Compass Healthcare, LLC East Lansing, MI Nov 03, 2014 $50,000

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Supervisor

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Photo Lab
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained all lab equipment and analyzers by performing routine cleaning and preventive maintenance, with proper documentation.
  • Trained to meet certification requirements for photo lab technicians and management of equipment to ensure proper development of customer's pictures.
  • Implement safety procedures and environmental practices, while enforcing compliance with regulatory, industry and company standards.
  • Managed and realigned all efforts in project execution and delivery, including customer service and project tracking Prior Experience
  • Developed and delivered training programs for medical doctor's ongoing continuing education (residency/fellowship in Hematology and Pathology) and B.S.

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Top 10 Best States for Laboratory Supervisors

  1. New Hampshire
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  3. Maine
  4. Alaska
  5. Idaho
  6. California
  7. North Dakota
  8. Nevada
  9. Rhode Island
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Laboratory Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Male

47.3%

Female

44.0%

Unknown

8.7%
Ethnicity

White

59.7%

Hispanic or Latino

16.4%

Black or African American

11.2%

Asian

8.4%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.2%

French

8.0%

German

5.1%

Arabic

5.1%

Hindi

2.9%

Russian

2.9%

Chinese

2.9%

Japanese

2.6%

Italian

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Mandarin

1.8%

Urdu

1.8%

Bengali

1.1%

Telugu

0.7%

Gujarati

0.7%

Korean

0.7%

Greek

0.7%

Tagalog

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Hmong

0.7%
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Laboratory Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.3%

Michigan State University

7.3%

University of Houston

5.4%

George Washington University

5.0%

University of Cincinnati

4.7%

Texas A&M University

4.5%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Community College of the Air Force

3.9%

Ohio State University

3.9%

Pennsylvania State University

3.8%

University of Pittsburgh -

3.8%

University of South Florida

3.6%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.6%

North Carolina State University

3.5%

University of Florida

3.5%

Kaplan University

3.5%

Texas State University

3.5%

Wayne State University

3.4%

Syracuse University

3.2%

Oklahoma State University

3.2%
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Majors

Business

14.9%

Biology

14.4%

Chemistry

13.9%

Medical Technician

7.9%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

7.3%

Health Care Administration

4.7%

Nursing

3.8%

Management

3.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.5%

Electrical Engineering

3.4%

Psychology

3.2%

Microbiology

3.0%

Medical Assisting Services

2.6%

Criminal Justice

2.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Pharmacy

2.0%

Computer Science

1.8%

Education

1.8%

Public Health

1.8%

Environmental Science

1.7%
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Degrees

Bachelors

41.1%

Masters

22.6%

Other

16.6%

Associate

9.9%

Doctorate

4.5%

Certificate

4.0%

Diploma

1.1%

License

0.3%
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