A lead clinical laboratory scientist is in charge of a laboratory that conducts clinical experiments used to create and test new medication. A lead clinical laboratory scientist helps design and lead experiments. They use scientific techniques and laboratory equipment to conduct diagnostic tests and perform clinical lab testing. The lead clinical laboratory scientist has additional duties besides working with samples in the lab. They supervise the work of others in the laboratory and train new hires, including any students. They are also in charge of administrative duties that help run the lab, such as replacing laboratory equipment and filing paperwork to ensure laboratory compliance with governmental standards.
One usually needs several years of laboratory experience before earning a promotion to the position of lead clinical laboratory scientist. Most get their starts as laboratory assistants, then work their way up to become laboratory scientists. They also need at least a bachelor's degree in medical technology.
Lead clinical laboratory scientists earn an average salary of $60,707 a year.