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Working as a Medical Laboratory Specialist

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to being a medical laboratory specialist. For example, did you know that they make an average of $16.37 an hour? That's $34,053 a year!

What Does a Medical Laboratory Specialist Do

When it comes to the most important skills required to be a medical laboratory specialist, we found that a lot of resumes listed 14.5% of medical laboratory specialists included urinalysis, while 11.1% of resumes included body fluids, and 10.8% of resumes included hematology. Hard skills like these are helpful to have when it comes to performing essential job responsibilities.

When it comes to searching for a job, many search for a key term or phrase. Instead, it might be more helpful to search by industry, as you might be missing jobs that you never thought about in industries that you didn't even think offered positions related to the medical laboratory specialist job title. But what industry to start with? Most medical laboratory specialists actually find jobs in the health care and government industries.

How To Become a Medical Laboratory Specialist

If you're interested in becoming a medical laboratory specialist, one of the first things to consider is how much education you need. We've determined that 28.7% of medical laboratory specialists have a bachelor's degree. In terms of higher education levels, we found that 9.3% of medical laboratory specialists have master's degrees. Even though some medical laboratory specialists have a college degree, it's possible to become one with only a high school degree or GED.

Choosing the right major is always an important step when researching how to become a medical laboratory specialist. When we researched the most common majors for a medical laboratory specialist, we found that they most commonly earn associate degree degrees or bachelor's degree degrees. Other degrees that we often see on medical laboratory specialist resumes include master's degree degrees or high school diploma degrees.

You may find that experience in other jobs will help you become a medical laboratory specialist. In fact, many medical laboratory specialist jobs require experience in a role such as medical laboratory technician. Meanwhile, many medical laboratory specialists also have previous career experience in roles such as laboratory assistant or medical assistant.

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Average Salary for a Medical Laboratory Specialist

Medical Laboratory Specialists in America make an average salary of $34,053 per year or $16 per hour. The top 10 percent makes over $37,000 per year, while the bottom 10 percent under $31,000 per year.
Average Salary
$34,053

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Recently Added Salaries

Job TitleCompanyCompanyStart DateSalary
Laboratory Medical Specialist (Micro Btep)
Laboratory Medical Specialist (Micro Btep)
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
12/23/2020
12/23/2020
$46,20312/23/2020
$46,203
Laboratory Medical Specialist (Enteric Bacteriology)
Laboratory Medical Specialist (Enteric Bacteriology)
State of North Carolina
State of North Carolina
05/27/2020
05/27/2020
$46,20305/27/2020
$46,203
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Us Army
Us Army
01/27/2020
01/27/2020
$40,00001/27/2020
$40,000
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Us Army
Us Army
09/20/2019
09/20/2019
$40,00009/20/2019
$40,000
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Medical Laboratory Specialist
Portland Community College
Portland Community College
09/20/2019
09/20/2019
$44,44809/20/2019
$44,448

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Medical Laboratory Specialist Demographics

Gender

male

52.6 %

female

43.6 %

unknown

3.8 %

Ethnicity

White

58.0 %

Hispanic or Latino

15.0 %

Black or African American

14.2 %

Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

67.9 %

French

10.7 %

Portuguese

3.6 %
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Medical Laboratory Specialist Education

Degrees

Associate

38.4 %

Bachelors

28.7 %

Certificate

14.4 %

Top Colleges for Medical Laboratory Specialists

1. SUNY Stony Brook

Stony Brook, NY • Public

In-State Tuition
$9,625
Enrollment
17,407

2. Boston University

Boston, MA • Private

In-State Tuition
$53,948
Enrollment
17,238

3. University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN • Public

In-State Tuition
$14,760
Enrollment
31,451

4. Howard University

Washington, DC • Private

In-State Tuition
$26,756
Enrollment
6,166

5. Northwestern University

Evanston, IL • Private

In-State Tuition
$54,568
Enrollment
8,451

6. University of Texas at Austin

Austin, TX • Public

In-State Tuition
$10,610
Enrollment
40,329

7. Stanford University

Stanford, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$51,354
Enrollment
7,083

8. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA • Private

In-State Tuition
$56,225
Enrollment
19,548

9. University of Washington

Seattle, WA • Public

In-State Tuition
$11,207
Enrollment
30,905

10. University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA • Private

In-State Tuition
$55,584
Enrollment
10,764
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Top Medical Laboratory Specialist Employers

1. United States Army
4.0
Avg. Salary: 
$35,519
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
278+
2. UNC Health Care
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$38,401
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
2+
3. Eisenhower Medical Center
4.4
Avg. Salary: 
$39,229
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
2+
4. United States Department of Defense
4.3
Avg. Salary: 
$32,753
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
2+
5. The MED
3.5
Avg. Salary: 
$36,167
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
2+
6. CHI St. Vincent Infirmary
3.7
Avg. Salary: 
$34,604
Medical Laboratory Specialists Hired: 
1+

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Updated October 2, 2020