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Working As A Microbiological Laboratory Technician

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $40,337

    Average Salary

What Does A Microbiological Laboratory Technician 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 Microbiological Laboratory Technician

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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Microbiological Laboratory Technician Career Paths

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Laboratory Supervisor Quality Control Supervisor Medical Technologist
Clinical Laboratory Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Scientist Staff Scientist Laboratory Manager
Director Of Laboratory Services
13 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Laboratory Supervisor Laboratory Manager
Laboratory Director
10 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Home Health Aid Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Microbiologist Quality Control Analyst Microbiologist
Microbiology Laboratory Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Supervisor
Quality Assurance Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Quality Assurance Technician
Quality Assurance Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Technician Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Laboratory Analyst Quality Control Analyst
Quality Control Supervisor
5 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Engineer
Quality Lead
7 Yearsyrs
Quality Assurance Technician Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Manager
11 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Analyst Quality Assurance Analyst Quality Engineer
Quality Supervisor
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Laboratory Manager Quality Assurance Manager
Quality Systems Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Quality Control Microbiologist Quality Assurance Specialist Quality Assurance Manager
Regulatory Affairs Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Microbiologist Scientist Senior Scientist
Research And Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Laboratory Technician Medical Technologist
Senior Medical Technologist
5 Yearsyrs
Scientist Professor Research Scientist
Study Director
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Technologist Technician Production Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Microbiologist 2.9 years
Laboratory Analyst 2.8 years
Top Careers Before Microbiological Laboratory Technician
Internship 9.8%
Volunteer 3.1%
Cashier 2.9%
Top Careers After Microbiological Laboratory Technician
Scientist 3.8%
Internship 3.0%

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Microbiological Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Female

63.0%

Male

34.3%

Unknown

2.7%
Ethnicity

White

55.4%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Asian

12.1%

Black or African American

9.4%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

56.3%

French

11.3%

Chinese

5.0%

Vietnamese

5.0%

Mandarin

2.5%

Arabic

2.5%

Khmer

1.3%

Urdu

1.3%

Hindi

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

German

1.3%

Yoruba

1.3%

Hebrew

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Greek

1.3%

Armenian

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Polish

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Ukrainian

1.3%
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Microbiological Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

California State Polytechnic University - Pomona

7.1%

Michigan State University

7.1%

Kean University

7.1%

University of Florida

7.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Humacao

6.1%

University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez

5.1%

Minnesota State University - Mankato

5.1%

Northern Arizona University

5.1%

Purdue University

5.1%

Missouri State University

4.1%

University of Cincinnati

4.1%

Keene State College

4.1%

Ohio State University

4.1%

Pennsylvania State University

4.1%

University of Connecticut

4.1%

University of New Haven

4.1%

Eastern Kentucky University

4.1%

Montclair State University

4.1%

University of Kansas

4.1%

East Tennessee State University

4.1%
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Majors

Biology

40.5%

Microbiology

9.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.1%

Biotechnology

5.1%

Chemistry

4.8%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

4.2%

Business

3.7%

Environmental Science

3.7%

Public Health

3.3%

Nursing

2.6%

Pharmacy

2.5%

Medical Technician

2.3%

Biomedical Sciences

2.2%

Food Science

2.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.0%

Food And Nutrition

1.2%

Management

1.2%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

1.2%

Criminal Justice

1.2%

Health Sciences And Services

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.9%

Masters

19.2%

Other

10.7%

Associate

6.4%

Certificate

2.9%

Doctorate

2.3%

Diploma

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
SR. Microbiology Lab Technologist Histogenetics, LLC Ossining, NY Apr 26, 2016 $68,619
Microbiology Laboratory Technician Medical Science & Computing, Inc. Hamilton, MT May 31, 2010 $58,905
Microbiology Laboratory Technician Thor Specialties, Inc. Trumbull, CT Aug 20, 2011 $51,180
Senior Microbiology Laboratory Technician Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY Nov 12, 2012 $38,605 -
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Microbiology Lab Technician Certified Laboratories Inc. Plainview, NY Sep 12, 2012 $37,608
Microbiology Lab Technician Aerotek, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Sep 13, 2010 $33,392
Microbiological Laboratory Technician Emlab P&K, LLC Cherry Hill, NJ Sep 24, 2012 $32,641
Microbiology Lab Technician Certified Laboratories, Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Sep 15, 2016 $31,305
Microbiology Lab Technician Certified Laboratories, Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Sep 21, 2016 $31,305
Microbiology Laboratory Technician Certified Laboratories Inc. Plainview, NY Aug 10, 2014 $31,305
Microbiology Laboratory Technician Certified Laboratories Inc. Plainview, NY Aug 25, 2014 $31,305
Microbiology Laboratory Technician Certified Laboratories, Inc. Bolingbrook, IL Sep 06, 2013 $31,305

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Top Skills for A Microbiological Laboratory Technician

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  2. Microbiology
  3. Laboratory Procedures
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  • Perform specimen identification and accessioning following laboratory guidelines.
  • Committed to providing excellent Microbiology results for patients and the reputation of the Microbiology Department, Laboratory and Doctors North Hospital.
  • Trained new undergraduate assistants in laboratory procedures for this project.
  • Report to management any conditions or practices that may adversely affect food safety, food quality and personnel safety
  • Completed microbiological tests, shelf studies and activity tests utilizing aseptic technique and maintained documentation to support General Mills business.

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