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Working As A Laboratory Supervisor

  • 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

  • $64,930

    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 Manager 3.8 years
Laboratory Chemist 2.5 years
Top Employers Before
Chemist 6.0%
Supervisor 5.0%
Internship 4.5%
Cashier 3.2%
Technician 2.9%
Top Employers After
Manager 5.6%
Supervisor 5.2%
Consultant 4.4%
Chemist 3.6%
Instructor 3.0%

Laboratory Supervisor Demographics

Gender

Male

50.9%

Female

46.7%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

76.2%

Hispanic or Latino

11.6%

Asian

8.7%

Unknown

2.7%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.3%

French

7.2%

German

6.0%

Arabic

4.7%

Chinese

3.4%

Hindi

3.0%

Russian

3.0%

Japanese

3.0%

Mandarin

2.1%

Italian

2.1%

Urdu

2.1%

Portuguese

1.7%

Gujarati

1.3%

Korean

1.3%

Telugu

0.9%

Polish

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Swedish

0.4%

Vietnamese

0.4%

Samoan

0.4%
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Laboratory Supervisor Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

19.6%

Michigan State University

7.5%

George Washington University

5.7%

University of Florida

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.6%

University of Houston

4.4%

Northeastern University

4.4%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Community College of the Air Force

4.2%

University of Pittsburgh -

4.2%

University of Cincinnati

3.8%

North Carolina State University

3.8%

Ferris State University

3.5%

Syracuse University

3.3%

Oklahoma State University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%
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Majors

Chemistry

14.5%

Business

14.4%

Biology

14.3%

Medical Technician

8.3%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

7.7%

Health Care Administration

3.8%

Management

3.6%

Electrical Engineering

3.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

3.4%

Nursing

3.2%

Psychology

3.2%

Microbiology

2.9%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Mechanical Engineering

2.4%

Computer Science

2.3%

Medical Assisting Services

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.2%

Pharmacy

1.9%

Environmental Science

1.8%

Education

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.3%

Masters

23.5%

Other

16.7%

Associate

8.9%

Doctorate

5.6%

Certificate

4.1%

Diploma

0.8%

License

0.3%
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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 Oncocyte, Inc. Alameda, CA Nov 28, 2016 $130,000
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor--Toxicology Division Md Spine Solutions, LLC Reno, NV Sep 20, 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
Supervisor, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Bloodworks Seattle, WA May 15, 2015 $86,000
Lab Supervisor Owens-Illinois, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Oct 04, 2011 $71,698 -
$84,300
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
Pre-Clinical Lab Supervisor Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2015 $55,000
Laboratory Supervisor Kingman Hospital, Inc. DBA Kingman Regional Medica Kingman, AZ Apr 19, 2010 $54,974 -
$82,472
Laboratory Supervisor Gal Services, Inc. East Syracuse, NY Aug 03, 2009 $54,954
Textile Specialist/Laboratory Supervisor SGS North America Inc. Fairfield, NJ Mar 09, 2014 $54,340
Medical Lab Supervisor Hematogenix Laboratory Services LLC Tinley Park, IL Mar 21, 2011 $53,928
Medical Lab Supervisor Hematogenix Laboratory Services LLC Tinley Park, IL Mar 14, 2011 $53,928
Research Laboratory Supervisor Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Dec 09, 2013 $52,010

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Top Skills for A Laboratory Supervisor

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Top Laboratory Supervisor Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Lab Procedures
  3. Safety Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Procured and maintained lab equipment, parts and supplies.
  • Assisted in training new employees in the lab and familiarizing them with lab procedures.
  • Conduct employee training in equipment operations or work and safety procedures, or assign employee training to experienced workers.
  • Supervised tutoring center and computer labs.
  • Control expenses; operate within operational and capital budget established for the Chemistry Laboratory.

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