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Become A Laboratory Supervisor

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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

A Laboratory Supervisor is responsible for organizing and directing the daily activities of the laboratory. They assist in designing, developing, and pre-testing lab experiments.

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.


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.


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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  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Hindi

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Mandarin

  • Italian

  • Urdu

  • Portuguese

  • Gujarati

  • Korean

  • Telugu

  • Polish

  • Hmong

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  • Vietnamese

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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
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 -
Laboratory Supervisor Salem Hospital Salem, OR Jan 08, 2016 $88,927 -
Supervisor, Immunohematology Reference Laboratory Bloodworks Seattle, WA May 15, 2015 $86,000
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Ultimate Care Inc. Fort Pierce, FL Feb 26, 2015 $85,904
Clinical Laboratory Supervisor Ultimate Care Inc. Fort Pierce, FL Feb 18, 2015 $85,904
Laboratory Supervisor I Dianon Systems, Inc. (A Labcorp Company) Shelton, CT Sep 23, 2012 $85,562 -
Laboratory Supervisor Berg Diagnostics LLC Natick, MA Feb 01, 2012 $83,000
Lab Supervisor Owens-Illinois, Inc. Perrysburg, OH Oct 04, 2011 $71,698 -
Lab Supervisor Jabil Circuit, Inc. Memphis, TN Oct 19, 2015 $70,741
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 -
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
Laboratory Hematology Supervisor Shiel Medical Laboratory New York, NY Jul 13, 2011 $67,000
Lab Supervisor Haemonetics Manufacturing, Inc. (Sub. of Haemoneti Covina, CA Sep 23, 2013 $56,000 -
Research Laboratory Supervisor Children's Hospital Corporation Boston, MA Apr 18, 2016 $55,286
Pre-Clinical Lab Supervisor Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL Jul 01, 2015 $55,000
Technical Laboratory Supervisor Hamilton Hospital Olney, TX Jun 23, 2015 $54,580
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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