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Medical lab technicians perform laboratory tests that help detect, diagnose and treat diseases. Medical lab technicians collect and test blood and urine samples and keep records of test results. They typically work under the supervision of physicians, laboratory managers and laboratory technologists, and they are trained to work with infectious specimens.

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Medical Lab Technician Schools

The following medical lab technician schools offer the training necessary to enter the field, and are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences:

  • College of the Ablemarle: This college in Elizabeth City, North Carolina offers a medical laboratory technology program that trains students to enter the field as a medical technologist.
  • The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science: This program, part of the Metropolitan State University of Denver, provides students with bachelor's degrees in medical laboratory science.
  • Kennesaw State University: This university in Georgia offers a phlebotomy technician program, which trains students to collect quality blood samples.
  • Ohio State University: The College of Medicine at this state university provides students with a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science.
  • The University of Connecticut: This large university offers undergraduate degrees in the medical laboratory sciences that include clinical specialties in hematology, immunology, microbiology, and more.

Medical Lab Technician Education Requirements

An associate degree or certificate is typically required for medical laboratory technicians. Community colleges offer associate degrees for medical lab technicians, and vocational schools, the Armed Forces and some hospitals offer certificates.

To meet the medical lab technician education requirements, students myst typically complete core medical classes, general education essentials and hands-on laboratory practice. Some basic courses you might find in a training program for medical technicians include:

  • Microbiology
  • Organic chemistry
  • Computer literacy
  • Laboratory residency

Coursework in a medical laboratory technician training program is designed to give you the fundamentals of clinical training plus the targeted instruction you need to accurately complete and interpret tests.

Medical Lab Technician Certification and Licensing

In addition to completing coursework, securing professional certification helps prove your competence and dedication to the career. A general certification is available for technologists and technicians who pass the exam, and specialty certification is available is such areas as cytotechnology or medical biology. Many employers prefer to hire laboratory personnel that have been certified by a recognized professional association. The following associations offer certification for medical laboratory technicians:

  • Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Medical Technologists
  • National Credentialing Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts

Licensing may also be required in some states. A technologist needs a bachelor's degree and must pass an exam in order to be licensed.

While no medical lab technician training program or certification can guarantee a career in the field, hiring managers often prefer to take on technicians with formal training experience. Working your way through a formal training program helps increase your knowledge and improve your odds of employment in hospitals, laboratories and doctor's offices.

Medical Lab Technician Resources

Sources:

  1. Bureau of Labor Statistics,, Occupational Outlook Handbook,, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-and-clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm
  2. American Association of Bioanalysts, Board of Registry , http://www.aab.org/aab/default.asp
  3. American Society for Clinical Pathology, http://www.ascp.org/
  4. American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, http://www.ascls.org/
  5. Clinical Laboratory Management Association, http://www.clma.org/
  6. College of the Ablemarle, http://www.albemarle.edu/mlt
  7. The Colorado Center for Medical Laboratory Science, http://www.msudenver.edu/extendedcampus/ccmls/
  8. Kennesaw State University, http://ccpe.kennesaw.edu/professional/healthcare/phlebotomy-technician/
  9. Ohio State University, http://medicine.osu.edu/hrs/mls/pages/index.aspx
  10. National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, http://www.naacls.org/
  11. The University of Connecticut, http://www.alliedhealth.uconn.edu/mts/

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Medical Laboratory Technicians

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Medical Laboratory Technicians jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 750 $37,740
Birmingham 750 $37,740
Montgomery 170 $29,820
Tuscaloosa 140 N/A
Gadsden 120 $30,490
Huntsville 110 $34,680
Mobile 100 $28,200
Decatur 80 $30,800
Florence 80 $32,850
Muscle Shoals 80 $32,850
Dothan 60 $30,180
Oxford 50 $28,230
Jacksonville 50 $28,230
Anniston 50 $28,230
Fairhope N/A $38,040
Daphne N/A $38,040
Foley N/A $38,040
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 250 $44,660
Fairbanks 30 $51,290
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1880 $37,290
Mesa 1880 $37,290
Phoenix 1880 $37,290
Tucson 630 $37,490
Flagstaff 110 $35,140
Prescott 60 $38,350
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 660 $34,350
North Little Rock 660 $34,350
Little Rock 660 $34,350
Jonesboro 90 $34,800
Hot Springs 50 $34,990
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 7180 $41,480
Los Angeles 7180 $41,480
Anaheim 7180 $41,480
San Francisco 2330 $55,940
Oakland 2330 $55,940
Hayward 2330 $55,940
Carlsbad 2320 $46,850
San Diego 2320 $46,850
Roseville 1170 $50,850
Arcade 1170 $50,850
Sacramento 1170 $50,850
Arden 1170 $50,850
Riverside 1000 $41,920
Ontario 1000 $41,920
San Bernardino 1000 $41,920
Santa Clara 900 $53,480
San Jose 900 $53,480
Sunnyvale 900 $53,480
Bakersfield 350 $40,550
Santa Rosa 300 $44,900
Fresno 290 $50,500
Oxnard 220 $51,020
Ventura 220 $51,020
Thousand Oaks 220 $51,020
Stockton 200 $42,240
Lodi 200 $42,240
Vallejo 170 $58,650
Fairfield 170 $58,650
Santa Maria 130 $64,200
Santa Barbara 130 $64,200
Watsonville 100 $56,930
Santa Cruz 100 $56,930
Yuba City 90 $37,570
Porterville 70 $44,500
Visalia 70 $44,500
Chico 70 $47,830
Redding 60 $35,820
Hanford 60 $46,160
Corcoran 60 $46,160
Paso Robles 50 $42,640
San Luis Obispo 50 $42,640
Arroyo Grande 50 $42,640
El Centro 40 $33,300
Merced 30 $37,850
Salinas N/A $38,220
Modesto N/A $47,350
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Denver 1330 $38,490
Aurora 1330 $38,490
Lakewood 1330 $38,490
Colorado Springs 230 $35,530
Boulder 140 $37,660
Fort Collins 80 $39,560
Grand Junction 30 $39,240
Greeley N/A $35,400
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 730 $53,710
West Hartford 730 $53,710
Hartford 730 $53,710
New Haven 440 $38,450
Norwalk 290 $45,000
Stamford 290 $45,000
Bridgeport 290 $45,000
Danbury 90 $39,740
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 1850 $34,890
Miami 1850 $34,890
Fort Lauderdale 1850 $34,890
Tampa 1660 $35,940
St. Petersburg 1660 $35,940
Clearwater 1660 $35,940
Kissimmee 590 $34,530
Sanford 590 $34,530
Orlando 590 $34,530
Jacksonville 340 $34,160
Ormond Beach 220 $34,790
Daytona Beach 220 $34,790
Deltona 220 $34,790
North Port 220 $42,160
Bradenton 220 $42,160
Sarasota 220 $42,160
Titusville 190 $35,240
Melbourne 190 $35,240
Palm Bay 190 $35,240
Tallahassee 150 $32,310
Ferry Pass 150 $44,840
Brent 150 $44,840
Pensacola 150 $44,840
Panama City 120 $40,470
Lakeland 90 $34,930
Winter Haven 90 $34,930
Fort Myers 90 $37,700
Cape Coral 90 $37,700
Sebastian 90 $46,470
Vero Beach 90 $46,470
Port St. Lucie 70 $35,750
Gainesville 60 $35,640
Crestview 50 $34,790
Destin 50 $34,790
Fort Walton Beach 50 $34,790
Marco Island 40 $40,020
Naples 40 $40,020
Immokalee 40 $40,020
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 2870 $36,090
Atlanta 2870 $36,090
Sandy Springs 2870 $36,090
Savannah 140 $35,810
Gainesville 90 $38,680
Albany 80 $28,090
Athens 80 $31,730
Clarke County 80 $31,730
Valdosta 60 $31,170
Brunswick 30 $39,330
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 570 $45,870
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 290 $29,860
Coeur d'Alene 60 $29,720
Pocatello 40 $29,110
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Peoria 350 $38,900
Springfield 210 $35,120
Rockford 160 $47,350
Kankakee 110 $36,090
Urbana 110 $38,810
Champaign 110 $38,810
Bloomington 100 $43,970
Carbondale 90 $40,480
Marion 90 $40,480
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carmel 1600 $34,620
Indianapolis 1600 $34,620
Anderson 1600 $34,620
Fort Wayne 250 $33,270
Terre Haute 140 $33,880
West Lafayette 100 $35,020
Lafayette 100 $35,020
Bloomington 60 $35,000
Goshen 40 $35,910
Elkhart 40 $35,910
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 260 $39,330
West Des Moines 260 $39,330
Iowa City 220 $43,910
Cedar Rapids 130 $43,060
Ames 60 $42,240
Dubuque 40 $45,230
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 310 $38,220
Topeka 130 $34,090
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 350 $36,160
Lexington 350 $36,160
Bowling Green N/A $34,950
Owensboro N/A $40,370
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Orleans 810 $31,080
Metairie 810 $31,080
Shreveport 520 $28,910
Bossier City 520 $28,910
Baton Rouge 490 $38,330
Lafayette 210 $28,820
Lake Charles 90 $38,400
Alexandria 70 $26,650
Houma 40 $36,190
Thibodaux 40 $36,190
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 150 $34,630
South Portland 150 $34,630
Bangor 60 $47,120
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 3540 $35,490
Columbia 3540 $35,490
Baltimore 3540 $35,490
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 80 $46,850
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 2630 $32,860
Detroit 2630 $32,860
Warren 2630 $32,860
Ann Arbor 780 $27,750
Grand Rapids 640 $29,910
Wyoming 640 $29,910
Lansing 320 $41,370
East Lansing 320 $41,370
Portage 220 $34,360
Kalamazoo 220 $34,360
Flint 210 $32,050
Saginaw 130 $29,790
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 250 $45,030
North Mankato 50 $45,910
Mankato 50 $45,910
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 380 $35,330
Gulfport 200 $35,970
Pascagoula 200 $35,970
Biloxi 200 $35,970
Hattiesburg 100 $33,130
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 460 $27,980
Joplin 100 $31,560
Jefferson City 90 $30,660
Columbia N/A $30,790
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Missoula 80 $49,590
Great Falls 70 $27,860
Billings N/A $36,600
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 250 $33,230
Grand Island 30 $34,300
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 580 $37,130
Henderson 580 $37,130
Las Vegas 580 $37,130
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 50 $43,560
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 300 $47,860
Hammonton 90 $49,470
Atlantic City 90 $49,470
Bridgeton N/A $54,950
Vineland N/A $54,950
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 480 $37,270
Las Cruces 30 $40,420
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 710 $34,600
Schenectady 510 $38,590
Albany 510 $38,590
Troy 510 $38,590
Niagara Falls 310 $46,450
Buffalo 310 $46,450
Cheektowaga 310 $46,450
Ithaca 120 $49,980
Binghamton 50 $39,040
Rome 50 $42,380
Utica 50 $42,380
Kingston 40 $48,040
Fort Drum 30 $44,840
Watertown 30 $44,840
Elmira N/A $35,410
Syracuse N/A $51,490
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Burlington 1340 $38,080
Chapel Hill 710 $39,460
Durham 710 $39,460
High Point 410 $38,660
Greensboro 410 $38,660
Raleigh 270 $40,350
Salem 270 $42,600
Winston 270 $42,600
Asheville 250 $36,460
Fayetteville 190 $36,730
Greenville 170 $36,800
Wilmington 130 $41,940
Morganton 100 $36,000
Hickory 100 $36,000
Lenoir 100 $36,000
New Bern 50 $39,650
Jacksonville 50 $44,830
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1400 $40,190
Dayton 560 $39,060
Toledo 390 $47,870
Akron 310 $45,540
Massillon 150 $38,070
Canton 150 $38,070
Cleveland N/A $44,170
Elyria N/A $44,170
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 1130 $30,810
Tulsa 510 $30,750
Lawton 50 $27,730
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Medford 70 $38,720
Salem 60 $43,260
Corvallis 40 $33,550
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 1610 $35,340
Carlisle 360 $39,220
Harrisburg 360 $39,220
Barre 300 $37,760
Wilkes 300 $37,760
Scranton 300 $37,760
Hazleton 300 $37,760
York 190 $31,150
Hanover 190 $31,150
Johnstown 120 $37,900
Erie 90 $28,900
Williamsport 50 $30,370
Altoona 40 $35,670
Reading N/A $33,260
Lebanon N/A $38,340
Berwick N/A $39,810
Bloomsburg N/A $39,810
Lancaster N/A $41,510
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 450 $19,420
Caguas 450 $19,420
San Juan 450 $19,420
Ponce 100 $25,540
San Germ´┐Żn 60 $20,820
Isabela 40 $23,700
Aguadilla 40 $23,700
Arecibo N/A $18,550
Guayama N/A $22,700
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbia 540 $36,680
North Charleston 290 $39,420
Charleston 290 $39,420
Greenville 250 $31,400
Mauldin 250 $31,400
Anderson 250 $31,400
Spartanburg 140 $37,330
Florence 110 $34,920
Sumter 50 $34,710
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 180 $34,310
Rapid City 40 $39,780
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 2070 $36,140
Davidson 2070 $36,140
Murfreesboro 2070 $36,140
Nashville 2070 $36,140
Knoxville 750 $29,990
Johnson City 240 $32,750
Cleveland 40 $41,640
Morristown N/A $29,000
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Worth 3760 $36,860
Dallas 3760 $36,860
Arlington 3760 $36,860
The Woodlands 2630 $38,410
Sugar Land 2630 $38,410
Houston 2630 $38,410
San Antonio 1430 $35,570
New Braunfels 1430 $35,570
Round Rock 660 $40,530
Austin 660 $40,530
El Paso 450 $33,000
Killeen 300 $39,580
Temple 300 $39,580
Tyler 250 $40,830
Mission 240 $28,600
Edinburg 240 $28,600
McAllen 240 $28,600
Lubbock 190 $32,380
Corpus Christi 180 $36,110
Brownsville 140 $34,360
Harlingen 140 $34,360
Beaumont 120 $36,430
Port Arthur 120 $36,430
Abilene 110 $31,460
Amarillo 110 $38,880
Longview 80 $36,490
Wichita Falls 80 $43,990
Bryan 70 $22,710
College Station 70 $22,710
Midland 60 $27,140
Waco 60 $37,980
San Angelo 50 $29,710
Victoria 40 $37,930
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1580 $30,720
Clearfield 240 $32,510
Ogden 240 $32,510
Provo 140 $34,470
Orem 140 $34,470
St. George 40 $29,570
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 200 $55,520
Burlington 200 $55,520
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 780 $35,670
Charlottesville 100 $36,350
Lynchburg 40 $41,020
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1630 $42,920
Tacoma 1630 $42,920
Seattle 1630 $42,920
Spokane Valley 740 $47,890
Spokane 740 $47,890
Richland 130 $46,620
Kennewick 130 $46,620
Olympia 50 $44,310
Tumwater 50 $44,310
Yakima N/A $42,250
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 130 $34,200
Morgantown 130 $35,930
Beckley 60 $34,870
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 980 $44,290
West Allis 980 $44,290
Milwaukee 980 $44,290
Madison 470 $45,890
Green Bay 120 $44,210
Neenah 120 $44,710
Oshkosh 120 $44,710
Eau Claire 110 $44,740
Wausau 60 $34,430
Appleton 50 $34,470
Fond du Lac N/A $46,910
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 40 $34,980
Casper 40 $40,670

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Medical Laboratory Technicians

To find out more about building a career as Medical Lab Technicians, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 68,800 46% $36,850
Medical Office 57,420 38% $33,110
Education 10,290 6% $36,690
Government 5,170 3% $36,820
Professional And Technical Services 3,580 2% $38,280
Office Services And Staffing 2,070 1% $33,780
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