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Medical Laboratory Technicians

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/

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Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Medical Laboratory Technicians

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Medical Laboratory Technicians relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Metro Area Jobs Salary
(2013)
Relative
Popularity

Alabama

     
Anniston 50 $28230 1
Oxford 50 $28230 1
Jacksonville 50 $28230 1
Florence 80 $32850 1.42
Muscle Shoals 80 $32850 1.42
Gadsden 120 $30490 2.93
Huntsville 110 $34680 0.44
Daphne 0 $38040 0
Fairhope 0 $38040 0
Foley 0 $38040 0
Decatur 80 $30800 1.26
Dothan 60 $30180 1.02
Birmingham 750 $37740 1.31
Hoover 750 $37740 1.31
Mobile 100 $28200 0.5
Montgomery 170 $29820 0.9
Tuscaloosa 140 $0 1.19

Alaska

     
Anchorage 250 $44660 1.24
Fairbanks 30 $51290 0.71

Arizona

     
Flagstaff 110 $35140 1.71
Phoenix 1880 $37290 0.88
Mesa 1880 $37290 0.88
Scottsdale 1880 $37290 0.88
Prescott 60 $38350 0.87
Tucson 630 $37490 1.54

Arkansas

     
Hot Springs 50 $34990 1.25
Jonesboro 90 $34800 1.55
Little Rock 660 $34350 1.71
North Little Rock 660 $34350 1.71
Conway 660 $34350 1.71

California

     
Bakersfield 350 $40550 1.04
Fresno 290 $50500 0.74
Hanford 60 $46160 1.27
Corcoran 60 $46160 1.27
Chico 70 $47830 0.85
El Centro 40 $33300 0.58
Oxnard 220 $51020 0.65
Thousand Oaks 220 $51020 0.65
Ventura 220 $51020 0.65
Redding 60 $35820 0.95
Riverside 1000 $41920 0.66
San Bernardino 1000 $41920 0.66
Ontario 1000 $41920 0.66
Sacramento 1170 $50850 1.17
Roseville 1170 $50850 1.17
Arden 1170 $50850 1.17
Arcade 1170 $50850 1.17
Salinas 0 $38220 0
San Diego 2320 $46850 1.5
Carlsbad 2320 $46850 1.5
Los Angeles 7180 $41480 1.12
Long Beach 7180 $41480 1.12
Anaheim 7180 $41480 1.12
Merced 30 $37850 0.45
Modesto 0 $47350 0
Santa Cruz 100 $56930 0.93
Watsonville 100 $56930 0.93
Santa Maria 130 $64200 0.62
Santa Barbara 130 $64200 0.62
Santa Rosa 300 $44900 1.39
San Francisco 2330 $55940 0.93
Oakland 2330 $55940 0.93
Hayward 2330 $55940 0.93
Stockton 200 $42240 0.78
Lodi 200 $42240 0.78
San Jose 900 $53480 0.77
Sunnyvale 900 $53480 0.77
Santa Clara 900 $53480 0.77
Vallejo 170 $58650 1.17
Fairfield 170 $58650 1.17
Visalia 70 $44500 0.42
Porterville 70 $44500 0.42
Yuba City 90 $37570 1.98
San Luis Obispo 50 $42640 0.4
Paso Robles 50 $42640 0.4
Arroyo Grande 50 $42640 0.4

Colorado

     
Fort Collins 80 $39560 0.49
Grand Junction 30 $39240 0.45
Greeley 0 $35400 0
Boulder 140 $37660 0.69
Colorado Springs 230 $35530 0.77
Denver 1330 $38490 0.85
Aurora 1330 $38490 0.85
Lakewood 1330 $38490 0.85

Connecticut

     
Hartford 730 $53710 1.11
West Hartford 730 $53710 1.11
East Hartford 730 $53710 1.11
New Haven 440 $38450 1.37
Bridgeport 290 $45000 0.61
Stamford 290 $45000 0.61
Norwalk 290 $45000 0.61
Danbury 90 $39740 0.95

Florida

     
Gainesville 60 $35640 0.45
Jacksonville 340 $34160 0.48
Cape Coral 90 $37700 0.34
Fort Myers 90 $37700 0.34
Crestview 50 $34790 0.42
Fort Walton Beach 50 $34790 0.42
Destin 50 $34790 0.42
Deltona 220 $34790 1.06
Daytona Beach 220 $34790 1.06
Ormond Beach 220 $34790 1.06
Orlando 590 $34530 0.46
Kissimmee 590 $34530 0.46
Sanford 590 $34530 0.46
Palm Bay 190 $35240 0.83
Melbourne 190 $35240 0.83
Titusville 190 $35240 0.83
Panama City 120 $40470 1.32
Pensacola 150 $44840 0.8
Ferry Pass 150 $44840 0.8
Brent 150 $44840 0.8
Port St. Lucie 70 $35750 0.45
Lakeland 90 $34930 0.36
Winter Haven 90 $34930 0.36
Miami 1850 $34890 0.66
Fort Lauderdale 1850 $34890 0.66
West Palm Beach 1850 $34890 0.66
Naples 40 $40020 0.25
Immokalee 40 $40020 0.25
Marco Island 40 $40020 0.25
North Port 220 $42160 0.69
Sarasota 220 $42160 0.69
Bradenton 220 $42160 0.69
Sebastian 90 $46470 1.6
Vero Beach 90 $46470 1.6
Tallahassee 150 $32310 0.85
Tampa 1660 $35940 1.19
St. Petersburg 1660 $35940 1.19
Clearwater 1660 $35940 1.19

Georgia

     
Albany 80 $28090 1.28
Athens 80 $31730 0.93
Clarke County 80 $31730 0.93
Atlanta 2870 $36090 1.01
Sandy Springs 2870 $36090 1.01
Roswell 2870 $36090 1.01
Gainesville 90 $38680 1.02
Brunswick 30 $39330 0.78
Savannah 140 $35810 0.78
Valdosta 60 $31170 1.05

Hawaii

     
Urban Honolulu 570 $45870 1.1

Idaho

     
Boise City 290 $29860 0.9
Coeur d'Alene 60 $29720 0.86
Pocatello 40 $29110 1.18

Illinois

     
Bloomington 100 $43970 0.89
Carbondale 90 $40480 1.49
Marion 90 $40480 1.49
Champaign 110 $38810 0.98
Urbana 110 $38810 0.98
Peoria 350 $38900 1.73
Rockford 160 $47350 0.93
Kankakee 110 $36090 2.29
Springfield 210 $35120 1.73

Indiana

     
Fort Wayne 250 $33270 1.05
Bloomington 60 $35000 0.82
Indianapolis 1600 $34620 1.41
Carmel 1600 $34620 1.41
Anderson 1600 $34620 1.41
Elkhart 40 $35910 0.31
Goshen 40 $35910 0.31
Lafayette 100 $35020 0.93
West Lafayette 100 $35020 0.93
Terre Haute 140 $33880 1.84

Iowa

     
Ames 60 $42240 1.19
Iowa City 220 $43910 2.18
Cedar Rapids 130 $43060 0.78
Des Moines 260 $39330 0.66
West Des Moines 260 $39330 0.66
Dubuque 40 $45230 0.54

Kansas

     
Topeka 130 $34090 1.07
Wichita 310 $38220 0.91

Kentucky

     
Bowling Green 0 $34950 0
Owensboro 0 $40370 0
Lexington 350 $36160 1.17
Fayette 350 $36160 1.17

Louisiana

     
Alexandria 70 $26650 0.96
Baton Rouge 490 $38330 1.11
Houma 40 $36190 0.35
Thibodaux 40 $36190 0.35
Lafayette 210 $28820 0.86
Lake Charles 90 $38400 0.77
New Orleans 810 $31080 1.28
Metairie 810 $31080 1.28
Shreveport 520 $28910 2.49
Bossier City 520 $28910 2.49

Maine

     
Portland 150 $34630 0.68
South Portland 150 $34630 0.68
Bangor 60 $47120 0.77

Maryland

     
Baltimore 3540 $35490 2.35
Columbia 3540 $35490 2.35
Towson 3540 $35490 2.35

Massachusetts

     
Barnstable Town 80 $46850 0.71

Michigan

     
Ann Arbor 780 $27750 3.26
Flint 210 $32050 1.39
Grand Rapids 640 $29910 1.08
Wyoming 640 $29910 1.08
Detroit 2630 $32860 1.21
Warren 2630 $32860 1.21
Dearborn 2630 $32860 1.21
Saginaw 130 $29790 1.38
Lansing 320 $41370 1.35
East Lansing 320 $41370 1.35
Kalamazoo 220 $34360 1.43
Portage 220 $34360 1.43

Minnesota

     
St. Cloud 250 $45030 2.13
Mankato 50 $45910 0.8
North Mankato 50 $45910 0.8

Mississippi

     
Gulfport 200 $35970 1.21
Biloxi 200 $35970 1.21
Pascagoula 200 $35970 1.21
Hattiesburg 100 $33130 1.44
Jackson 380 $35330 1.27

Missouri

     
Jefferson City 90 $30660 1.07
Columbia 0 $30790 0
Joplin 100 $31560 1.14
Springfield 460 $27980 2.05

Montana

     
Great Falls 70 $27860 1.64
Billings 0 $36600 0
Missoula 80 $49590 1.19

Nebraska

     
Grand Island 30 $34300 0.69
Lincoln 250 $33230 1.26

Nevada

     
Las Vegas 580 $37130 0.56
Henderson 580 $37130 0.56
Paradise 580 $37130 0.56

New Hampshire

     
Manchester 50 $43560 0.41

New Jersey

     
Atlantic City 90 $49470 0.62
Hammonton 90 $49470 0.62
Trenton 300 $47860 1.16
Vineland 0 $54950 0
Bridgeton 0 $54950 0

New Mexico

     
Albuquerque 480 $37270 1.12
Las Cruces 30 $40420 0.41

New York

     
Albany 510 $38590 1.02
Schenectady 510 $38590 1.02
Troy 510 $38590 1.02
Ithaca 120 $49980 2.05
Buffalo 310 $46450 0.49
Cheektowaga 310 $46450 0.49
Niagara Falls 310 $46450 0.49
Binghamton 50 $39040 0.39
Elmira 0 $35410 0
Kingston 40 $48040 0.62
Rochester 710 $34600 1.22
Syracuse 0 $51490 0
Utica 50 $42380 0.39
Rome 50 $42380 0.39
Watertown 30 $44840 0.67
Fort Drum 30 $44840 0.67

North Carolina

     
Asheville 250 $36460 1.2
Fayetteville 190 $36730 1.34
Greensboro 410 $38660 1.01
High Point 410 $38660 1.01
Greenville 170 $36800 1.96
Hickory 100 $36000 0.58
Lenoir 100 $36000 0.58
Morganton 100 $36000 0.58
Jacksonville 50 $44830 0.94
Burlington 1340 $38080 20.37
Durham 710 $39460 2.16
Chapel Hill 710 $39460 2.16
Raleigh 270 $40350 0.41
New Bern 50 $39650 0.92
Wilmington 130 $41940 0.91
Winston 270 $42600 0.92
Salem 270 $42600 0.92

Ohio

     
Akron 310 $45540 0.82
Canton 150 $38070 0.79
Massillon 150 $38070 0.79
Cleveland 0 $44170 0
Elyria 0 $44170 0
Columbus 1400 $40190 1.22
Dayton 560 $39060 1.35
Toledo 390 $47870 1.16

Oklahoma

     
Lawton 50 $27730 1.05
Oklahoma City 1130 $30810 1.62
Tulsa 510 $30750 1.03

Oregon

     
Corvallis 40 $33550 0.99
Salem 60 $43260 0.31
Medford 70 $38720 0.77

Pennsylvania

     
Altoona 40 $35670 0.59
Harrisburg 360 $39220 1.01
Carlisle 360 $39220 1.01
Bloomsburg 0 $39810 0
Berwick 0 $39810 0
Johnstown 120 $37900 1.94
Erie 90 $28900 0.63
Pittsburgh 1610 $35340 1.24
Reading 0 $33260 0
Lancaster 0 $41510 0
Lebanon 0 $38340 0
Scranton 300 $37760 1.03
Wilkes 300 $37760 1.03
Barre 300 $37760 1.03
Hazleton 300 $37760 1.03
Williamsport 50 $30370 0.9
York 190 $31150 0.93
Hanover 190 $31150 0.93

Puerto Rico

     
Aguadilla 40 $23700 0.87
Isabela 40 $23700 0.87
Arecibo 0 $18550 0
Guayama 0 $22700 0
Ponce 100 $25540 1.35
San Germ´┐Żn 60 $20820 2.88
San Juan 450 $19420 0.58
Carolina 450 $19420 0.58
Caguas 450 $19420 0.58

South Carolina

     
Florence 110 $34920 1.16
Greenville 250 $31400 0.57
Anderson 250 $31400 0.57
Mauldin 250 $31400 0.57
Charleston 290 $39420 0.8
North Charleston 290 $39420 0.8
Columbia 540 $36680 1.3
Spartanburg 140 $37330 0.86
Sumter 50 $34710 1.15

South Dakota

     
Rapid City 40 $39780 0.54
Sioux Falls 180 $34310 1.1

Tennessee

     
Johnson City 240 $32750 2.71
Cleveland 40 $41640 0.73
Knoxville 750 $29990 1.77
Morristown 0 $29000 0
Nashville 2070 $36140 2.04
Davidson 2070 $36140 2.04
Murfreesboro 2070 $36140 2.04
Franklin 2070 $36140 2.04

Texas

     
Abilene 110 $31460 1.5
Amarillo 110 $38880 0.82
Austin 660 $40530 0.62
Round Rock 660 $40530 0.62
Houston 2630 $38410 0.78
The Woodlands 2630 $38410 0.78
Sugar Land 2630 $38410 0.78
Beaumont 120 $36430 0.63
Port Arthur 120 $36430 0.63
Brownsville 140 $34360 0.9
Harlingen 140 $34360 0.9
College Station 70 $22710 0.58
Bryan 70 $22710 0.58
Corpus Christi 180 $36110 0.83
Dallas 3760 $36860 0.99
Fort Worth 3760 $36860 0.99
Arlington 3760 $36860 0.99
El Paso 450 $33000 1.37
San Angelo 50 $29710 0.96
San Antonio 1430 $35570 1.32
New Braunfels 1430 $35570 1.32
Longview 80 $36490 0.7
Lubbock 190 $32380 1.21
McAllen 240 $28600 0.87
Edinburg 240 $28600 0.87
Mission 240 $28600 0.87
Midland 60 $27140 0.56
Killeen 300 $39580 1.98
Temple 300 $39580 1.98
Tyler 250 $40830 2.18
Victoria 40 $37930 0.74
Waco 60 $37980 0.45
Wichita Falls 80 $43990 1.25

Utah

     
Provo 140 $34470 0.59
Orem 140 $34470 0.59
St. George 40 $29570 0.69
Salt Lake City 1580 $30720 2.1
Ogden 240 $32510 0.89
Clearfield 240 $32510 0.89

Vermont

     
Burlington 200 $55520 1.42
South Burlington 200 $55520 1.42

Virginia

     
Charlottesville 100 $36350 0.86
Richmond 780 $35670 1.11
Lynchburg 40 $41020 0.39

Washington

     
Kennewick 130 $46620 1.07
Richland 130 $46620 1.07
Olympia 50 $44310 0.44
Tumwater 50 $44310 0.44
Seattle 1630 $42920 0.79
Tacoma 1630 $42920 0.79
Bellevue 1630 $42920 0.79
Spokane 740 $47890 2.96
Spokane Valley 740 $47890 2.96
Yakima 0 $42250 0

West Virginia

     
Beckley 60 $34870 1.1
Charleston 130 $34200 0.98
Morgantown 130 $35930 1.75

Wisconsin

     
Appleton 50 $34470 0.39
Fond du Lac 0 $46910 0
Green Bay 120 $44210 0.63
Eau Claire 110 $44740 1.17
Oshkosh 120 $44710 1.14
Neenah 120 $44710 1.14
Madison 470 $45890 1.11
Milwaukee 980 $44290 1.03
Waukesha 980 $44290 1.03
West Allis 980 $44290 1.03
Wausau 60 $34430 0.71

Wyoming

     
Casper 40 $40670 0.83
Cheyenne 40 $34980 0.78
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Most Popular Industries (as of 2008) for:
Medical Laboratory Technicians

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

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industry Jobs Percent Salary
(2008)
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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