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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

  • $60,000

    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.

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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58,427 Laboratory Supervisor jobs

Bristol Hospital
Bristol, CT
Lab Section Supervisor / Evenings - Laboratory

$64,637 Estimated

Sanford Health
Sioux Falls, SD
Supervisor, Bench Laboratory - Core Lab

$46,532 Estimated

Medical City Healthcare
Arlington, TX
Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor

$59,090 Estimated

HCA
Arlington, TX
Microbiology Laboratory Supervisor

$59,090 Estimated

Regional Health
Rapid City, SD
Supervisor Laboratory-Lab-Rapid City

$46,532 Estimated

Wellstar Health Systems
Marietta, GA
Lab Processing Supervisor- General Laboratory

$60,340 Estimated

Cherokee Nation
Tahlequah, OK
Supervisor, Laboratory

$50,409 Estimated

National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
Marietta, GA
Laboratory Supervisor

$60,340 Estimated

St. Mary's County Metropolitan Commission
California, MD
Laboratory Supervisor

$54,242 Estimated

E-Health Jobs
Rockville, MD
Laboratory Supervisor

$66,940 Estimated

K.A. Recruiting, Inc.
Jacksonville, FL
Laboratory Supervisor

$59,290 Estimated

K.A. Recruiting, Inc.
Rochester, NY
Laboratory Supervisor

$63,900 Estimated

Centegra Health Systems
McHenry, IL
Supervisor, Laboratory

$60,710 Estimated

Ascension
Detroit, MI
Supervisor-Laboratory

$58,370 Estimated

Ka Recruiting Inc.
Goshen, NY
Laboratory Supervisor

$69,370 Estimated

K.A. Recruiting
Goshen, NY
Laboratory Supervisor

$69,370 Estimated

National Coalition of Healthcare Recruiters
Atlantic City, NJ
Laboratory Supervisor

$62,452 Estimated

In-N-Out Burger
Baldwin Park, CA
Laboratory Supervisor

$60,000 Estimated

Roswell Park Hematology Oncology Northtowns
Williamsville, NY
Laboratory Supervisor

$63,900 Estimated

Allina Health
Buffalo, MN
Supervisor, Laboratory

$58,838 Estimated

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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
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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.

Top Laboratory Supervisor Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Laboratory Supervisor

  1. CVS Pharmacy
  2. Labcorp
  3. United States Army
  4. Good Start Genetics
  5. New York Presbyterian Hospital
  6. Savannah State University
  7. Fairfax Cryobank
  8. Luke & Associates
  9. American Spine & Painmedgroup
  10. Professional Pain Management
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