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Working As A Senior Laboratory Technician

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

  • Repetitive

  • $50,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Senior 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 Senior 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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Average Length of Employment
Top Careers Before Senior Laboratory Technician
Internship 4.0%
Technician 3.3%
Chemist 2.3%
Top Careers After Senior Laboratory Technician
Scientist 6.2%
Chemist 6.1%
Technician 4.2%
Supervisor 3.1%
Manager 2.5%

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Average Yearly Salary
$50,000
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$32,000
Min 10%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$50,000
Median 50%
$78,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Constellation Brands
Highest Paying City
Boston, MA
Highest Paying State
Maine
Avg Experience Level
5.4 years
How much does a Senior Laboratory Technician make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Senior Laboratory Technician in the United States is $50,486 per year or $24 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $32,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $78,000.

Real Senior Laboratory Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America, Inc. San Ramon, CA Nov 19, 2015 $100,000
Senior IVF Laboratory Technician Integramed America San Ramon, CA Apr 22, 2016 $100,000
Senior Research Technologist III Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 17, 2013 $76,336
Senior Research Technologist Fresh Express, Inc. Salinas, CA Sep 12, 2015 $69,638
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jan 07, 2016 $67,600
Senior Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Sep 02, 2014 $66,560
SR. Lab Technician Sinclair Services Company Sinclair, WY Sep 08, 2015 $66,165
Senior Research Technologist General Hospital Corporation Cambridge, MA Dec 12, 2016 $66,000
Senior Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Aug 01, 2014 $65,280
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Mar 01, 2015 $65,000
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Aug 03, 2015 $62,000
SR. Research Technologist Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Sep 26, 2015 $61,609
Senior Laboratory Service Technician Texas State University San Marcos, TX Apr 30, 2016 $61,356
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jul 01, 2013 $60,000
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Jul 25, 2016 $49,500
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Dec 16, 2016 $49,440
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY May 31, 2016 $49,440
Senior Research Technician New York University School of Medicine New York, NY Feb 01, 2013 $49,440
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Aug 01, 2014 $49,373
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Mar 10, 2014 $49,023
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Sep 23, 2013 $49,000
Senior Research Technician Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Jan 02, 2016 $48,955
Senior Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Aug 01, 2015 $44,491 -
$68,963
Senior Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Jan 29, 2016 $44,491 -
$68,963
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Nov 30, 2015 $44,491 -
$68,963
SR. Research Technician Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Boston, MA Jan 10, 2013 $43,992
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Mar 23, 2015 $43,619 -
$67,611
SR. Research Technologist St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Memphis, TN Oct 06, 2014 $43,619 -
$67,611
Senior Research Technician The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Philadelphia, PA Jul 08, 2013 $43,500

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Top Skills for A Senior Laboratory Technician

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Safety Procedures
  3. Cell Culture
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed the requisition of lab supplies and lab equipment Maintained primary functionality of key equipment in color cosmetic laboratory.
  • Developed and documented safety procedures, oversaw the daily running of the laboratory.
  • Performed Cell culture: Mammalian cells (HepG2, Cos HEK293 & CHO), Bacterial culturing, Yeast culturing.
  • Performed quantitative/qualitative analytical methods as per standard methods, EPA and state requirements.
  • Produced immortalized human cell lines and isolated DNA from cell lines and whole blood for subsequent genetic analysis.

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  4. New York
  5. Connecticut
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Senior Laboratory Technician Demographics

Gender

Male

52.0%

Female

38.1%

Unknown

9.9%
Ethnicity

White

60.3%

Hispanic or Latino

13.3%

Black or African American

11.3%

Asian

11.1%

Unknown

4.0%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

French

10.9%

Chinese

6.5%

Russian

5.8%

Hindi

3.6%

Mandarin

2.9%

German

2.9%

Korean

2.2%

Portuguese

2.2%

Polish

2.2%

Swedish

1.4%

Vietnamese

1.4%

Ukrainian

1.4%

Turkish

1.4%

Cantonese

1.4%

Italian

1.4%

Japanese

1.4%

Kannada

1.4%

Urdu

1.4%

Sami

0.7%
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Senior Laboratory Technician Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.5%

Johns Hopkins University

11.3%

Pennsylvania State University

7.5%

University of Florida

6.7%

University of Kentucky

5.5%

Northeastern University

5.3%

University of Delaware

4.9%

University of Memphis

4.2%

New Jersey Institute of Technology

4.0%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

4.0%

George Washington University

3.8%

Michigan State University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.8%

University of New Mexico

3.8%

Montclair State University

3.5%

Kean University

3.3%

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

3.3%

University of Maryland - University College

3.3%

Boston University

3.3%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.1%
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Majors

Biology

25.9%

Chemistry

15.8%

Business

9.5%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

5.6%

Electrical Engineering

4.4%

Microbiology

4.1%

Biotechnology

3.9%

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science

3.4%

Chemical Engineering

2.8%

Medical Technician

2.8%

Pharmacy

2.7%

Environmental Science

2.6%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Psychology

2.2%

Public Health

2.2%

Nursing

2.1%

Management

1.9%

Electrical Engineering Technology

1.9%

Computer Science

1.8%

Mechanical Engineering

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

40.0%

Masters

21.2%

Other

17.5%

Associate

10.8%

Doctorate

5.0%

Certificate

3.9%

Diploma

1.4%

License

0.2%
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