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Become A Senior Laboratory Associate

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Working As A Senior Laboratory Associate

  • 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

  • $60,520

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Senior Laboratory Associate does

  • Participated in FDA inspections of the processes performed in the Tissue Processing Laboratory.
  • Completed technical AASHTO and ASTM test methods in hot mix asphalt, soil and aggregate.
  • Design primers and oligonucleotides for PCR, incorporting different leader sequences and fusion proteins.
  • Follow safety procedures as per laboratory SOPs; notify appropriate staff of supply shortages.
  • Performed Quality Control of data for errors, maintained GLP standards.
  • Hired technicians and supervised them.
  • Turned around Preventative Maintenance system and reduced downtime.
  • Operate a variety of laboratory equipment during analysis according to cGMP guidelines.
  • Trained new lab employees on proper technical procedures as well as troubleshooting expertise.
  • Updated and purchased new lab equipment.
  • Manage basic ad-hoc requests from Project Services Crossed trained with Medical Records, Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Lab Operation.
  • Optimized differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) programs for specific components.
  • Worked with graduate students on a variety of drug abuse-related studies Taught new lab workers how to use certain equipment and software

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How To Become A Senior Laboratory Associate

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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Senior Laboratory Associate Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    63.2%
  • Female

    36.1%
  • Unknown

    0.7%

Ethnicity

  • White

    72.1%
  • Asian

    11.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.9%
  • Unknown

    4.3%
  • Black or African American

    1.0%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    36.4%
  • Gujarati

    18.2%
  • Hindi

    18.2%
  • Serbian

    9.1%
  • French

    9.1%
  • Korean

    9.1%
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Top Skills for A Senior Laboratory Associate

LabPerformancePreventativeMaintenanceMolecularBiologySafetyHplcLaboratoryEquipmentTissueCultureChemistryFDAAstmLabEquipmentPCRQCDataEntryChromatographyLimsCgmpGuidelinesTechnicalReportsGCTroubleshoot

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Top Senior Laboratory Associate Skills

  1. Lab Performance
  2. Preventative Maintenance
  3. Molecular Biology
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Turned around Preventative Maintenance system and reduced downtime.
  • Managed laboratory ensuring all equipments and safety guidelines are met.
  • Operate a variety of laboratory equipment during analysis according to cGMP guidelines.
  • Manage basic ad-hoc requests from Project Services Crossed trained with Medical Records, Chemistry, Urinalysis, and Lab Operation.
  • Participated in FDA inspections of the processes performed in the Tissue Processing Laboratory.

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