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Working As A Research Laboratory Manager

  • 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

  • $51,552

    Average Salary

What Does A Research Laboratory Manager 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 Research Laboratory Manager

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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Average Length of Employment
Laboratory Manager 3.8 years
Research Associate 2.6 years
Research Fellow 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Research Laboratory Manager
Internship 5.5%
Fellow 3.1%
Researcher 2.7%
Instructor 2.0%
Top Careers After Research Laboratory Manager
Scientist 5.8%
Consultant 3.3%
Volunteer 3.2%
Fellow 2.6%
Internship 2.6%

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Research Laboratory Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

51.0%

Male

40.7%

Unknown

8.3%
Ethnicity

White

52.7%

Asian

19.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.6%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

4.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

33.3%

French

10.7%

Chinese

9.5%

Italian

8.3%

German

7.1%

Mandarin

6.0%

Cantonese

3.6%

Vietnamese

2.4%

Hebrew

2.4%

Ukrainian

2.4%

Russian

2.4%

Japanese

2.4%

Swedish

1.2%

Gujarati

1.2%

Hindi

1.2%

Korean

1.2%

Danish

1.2%

Malay

1.2%

Aramaic

1.2%

Catalan

1.2%
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Research Laboratory Manager Education

Schools

University of Pittsburgh -

6.9%

Johns Hopkins University

6.3%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

6.3%

University of California - Los Angeles

5.7%

University of Florida

5.7%

University of California - Davis

5.7%

University of California - San Diego

5.7%

University of South Florida

5.1%

University of California - Berkeley

5.1%

University of Southern California

5.1%

Texas A&M University

5.1%

Cornell University

4.6%

Case Western Reserve University

4.6%

University of Illinois at Chicago

4.0%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.0%

George Washington University

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.0%

Temple University

4.0%

Ohio State University

4.0%
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Majors

Biology

25.6%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

15.3%

Chemistry

7.7%

Business

6.1%

Psychology

5.6%

Microbiology

5.5%

Biotechnology

3.8%

Physiology And Anatomy

3.3%

Genetics

3.0%

Cell Biology And Anatomical Science

2.7%

Biomedical Sciences

2.5%

Public Health

2.5%

Pharmacy

2.3%

Neuroscience

2.3%

Chemical Engineering

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.0%

Computer Science

1.9%

Materials Science And Engineering

1.9%

Medicine

1.9%

Health Care Administration

1.9%
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Degrees

Masters

38.6%

Bachelors

28.7%

Doctorate

21.9%

Other

6.8%

Certificate

2.7%

Associate

1.1%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Research Laboratory Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Manager, Pharmaceutical Research Laboratory Eminent Services Corporation Frederick, MD Nov 17, 2014 $140,566
Research Scientist, Lab Manager Medolac Laboratories, A Public Benefit Corporation Lake Oswego, OR Jun 30, 2015 $110,000
Research Laboratory Manager (Clinical Chemist) Los Angeles Biomedical Research Inst at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Torrance, CA Jun 13, 2016 $98,000
Lab & Research Manager/Microsurgery Specialist Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jun 19, 2013 $79,000
Research Lab Manager Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Oct 07, 2015 $75,988
Senior Research Lab Manager The University of Houston Houston, TX Jun 01, 2013 $75,000
Senior Research Lab Manager The University of Houston Houston, TX Jan 06, 2013 $75,000
Research Laboratory Manager The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $74,992
Biophysical Analysis Laboratory Manager/Research Specialist Purdue University West Lafayette, IN Jun 20, 2016 $70,491
Research Laboratory Manager Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Jun 15, 2015 $70,000
Research Lab Manager Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 13, 2016 $70,000
Research Lab Manager Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Mar 13, 2015 $70,000
Researcher/Dairy Processing Lab MGR South Dakota State University Brookings, SD Oct 25, 2011 $60,000
Manager-Research Laboratory University of Maryland, Baltimore Baltimore, MD Aug 14, 2011 $60,000
Research Scientist/Lab Manager W.M. Rice University Houston, TX Mar 04, 2013 $60,000
Research Chemist and Laboratory Manager Chemeor, Inc. Covina, CA Aug 25, 2016 $60,000
Senior Research Lab Manager The University of Houston Houston, TX Oct 01, 2013 $59,400
Research Laboratory Manager Pacific University Forest Grove, OR Dec 01, 2009 $59,150
Research Lab Manager The University of Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 10, 2012 $50,000
Lab and Research Manager Virginia Commonwealth University Richmond, VA Jan 03, 2016 $50,000
Research and Laboratory Manager Inguran LLC DeForest, WI Jun 05, 2015 $50,000
Research Lab Manager University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Sep 01, 2009 $49,000
Research Lab Manager University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA Aug 01, 2010 $49,000
Laboratory Research Manager Inguran LLC Fullerton, NE Jan 02, 2012 $48,000
Research Lab Manager Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Inc. Boston, MA Nov 15, 2010 $48,000

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Top Skills for A Research Laboratory Manager

  1. Lab
  2. Cell Culture
  3. Lab Safety
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  • Created standard operating procedures and independently managed daily lab operations in addition to actively participating in scientific research projects.
  • Supervised training and competency of students and new technical staff on basic principles of cell culture and laboratory conduct and technique.
  • Educated lab personnel in current lab safety requirements and protocols, as well as maintained laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Managed lab business including maintaining stocks, keeping laboratory equipment in working order, and training laboratory lab technicians.
  • Validated experimental procedures and optimized protocols by conducting research of literature to develop or to improve Chlamydia vaccine development effort.

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