Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.Number of Jobs in 2010: 717
Number of Jobs in 2020: 834
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 16.3
Annual Openings: 26
Entry Wage: $13.67
Median Wage: $19.69
Education Requirement: Associate's degree
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- Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
- Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
- Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
- Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
- Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
- Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
- Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
- Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
- Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
- Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
- Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
- Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
- Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.
- Test raw materials, processes, or finished products to determine quality or quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.
- Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.
Indivduals currently working as Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists*
- Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians*
- Respiratory Therapy Technicians
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
- Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
- Radiation Therapists
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists
- Chemical Technicians
- Endoscopy Technicians
- Neurodiagnostic Technologists
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013