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A medical lab technologist's role is to provide accurate laboratory results. The test results are utilized by clinical practitioners to confirm or rule out diagnoses, examine the effects of various medical therapies and to monitor chronic disease changes. Medical lab technologists perform complicated tests such as chemical, microscopic, immunologic, hematological, biological and bacteriological.

They utilize microscopes and analytical equipment to analyze blood and other body fluids. They check for parasites, bacteria and other types of microorganisms. Due to their tasks, they're trained to work with infectious specimens. In addition, their work has become more analytical and less hands-on due to automation and computer technology.

Lab technologists utilize techniques including bone marrow counts and manual white blood cell differentials. They also analyze test results and design and make modifications to procedures. Overseeing programs to make sure tests are accurate is part of the occupation. Lab technologists also look for anomalies in test results and correct the problems with instrumentation. In addition, they consult with doctors and nurses regarding the selection of the correct lab tests and collection procedures.

Lab technologists employed in large laboratories typically have a specialty. Those working in small laboratories perform a variety of tests. Specialties are available in numerous areas including microbiology, genetics, parasitology, mycology, immunohematology, cytotechnology, immunology and molecular.

Laboratory technologists usually have more education and training than lab technicians. Technologists are typically required to have a bachelor's degree. Technologists perform more complicated procedures and tests than technicians.

Responsibilities

  • Make cultures of tissue samples and body fluids to determine if parasites, bacteria, fungi or other microorganisms exist
  • Evaluate samples for chemical content or a chemical reaction and ascertain the concentrations of particular compounds
  • Type and cross-match blood samples for transfusions
  • Perform tests such as metabolic panel, electrolyte panel, complete blood count and liver function tests
  • Examine the chemical content of fluids
  • Perform urinalysis, renal function, lipid profile, thyroid function and coagulation profile tests
  • Perform tests on routine cultures
  • Test drug levels in patient's blood to determine how a patient is responding to treatment
  • Prepare specimens for examination
  • Check for abnormal cells in body fluids
  • Analyze test results
  • Detect and remove contaminated or sub-standard specimens
  • Monitor, screen and troubleshoot analytical equipment
  • Calibrate laboratory equipment
  • Utilize automated equipment and computerized instruments to simultaneously perform numerous tests

Job Characteristics

Lab technologists usually wear protective goggles, masks and gloves. Laboratories are usually clean, however sometimes fumes are produced by solutions, specimens and reagents.

Those in the profession should be able to perform well under pressure, pay close attention to details and have good analytical judgement. Good manual dexterity and normal color vision are also important. In addition, they should be proficient with computers.

Laboratory workers in large hospitals typically work the day, evening or night shift. Also, they sometimes have to work on weekends and holidays. Medical laboratory technologists that work in small facilities may have rotating work shifts. In some facilities, they may be called at night or during the weekends, in case of an emergency.

Employment Outlook

The median annual earnings for medical and clinical lab technologists in 2006 was $49,700. There were about 167,000 positions for medical and clinical laboratory technologists in 2006. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, estimates a 14% growth rate in the employment of clinical laboratory workers from 2006 to 2016, which is faster than average for all other occupations. The majority of the increase in demand for laboratory workers will be due to population growth and the development of new types of tests.

Employment for laboratory jobs is expected to grow the fastest in medical and diagnostic laboratories and physician offices. However, hospitals are projected to be the major employers. It's projected that the need for clinical laboratory workers will exceed the number of workers available.

Experienced lab technologists have opportunities to advance into supervisory positions in laboratory work. They also may become chief medical or clinical laboratory technologists and laboratory managers in hospitals. A graduate degree in medical technology, chemistry, biological sciences, education or management along with professional certification typically speeds up career advancement.

Medical Lab Technologist Schools, Certification, and Licensing

Medical lab technologists usually obtain a bachelor's degree in medical technology, also referred to as clinical laboratory science, or a degree in one of the life sciences. Some may qualify as a medical lab technologist with a combination of on-the-job training, specialized training and education. In addition, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act requires technologists that perform very complex tests to have, at a minimum, an associate degree.

Universities and hospitals provide medical technology education programs. In the majority of medical technology curriculums, students take classroom courses for three years and are provided with clinical rotations for one year. Some programs include different time frames for classroom learning and clinical rotations. During clinical rotations, the students are provided with hands-on training in each laboratory subject and perform diagnostic testing in a laboratory.

The education programs typically included courses in microbiology, chemistry, biological sciences, mathematics and statistics. Specialized courses are also included. Some of the programs include training in computer applications. Those seeking to specialize in the profession, often take unique undergraduate education courses for their specialty. However, the majority of medical technologists are generalists.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences accredits a large number of programs for medical lab technologists. The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools provide accreditation for distinct fields for clinical laboratory workers.

In order for lab technologists to be licensed, they often must have a bachelors's degree and pass an exam. However, the requirements vary by state and by the specialty. Many employers prefer to hire laboratory personnel that have been certified by a recognized professional association. Associations offering accreditation include the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the National Accrediting Agency for Laboratory Personnel and the Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts. The agencies have different requirements for certification.

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Major Employers

The major employers of medical lab technologists are hospitals, medical and diagnostic laboratories, physician offices, the federal government and colleges and universities.

Schools for Medical Lab Technologists are listed in the column to the left.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Medical Lab Technologists

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Medical Lab Technologists jobs , as of 2016

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hoover 1090 $58,980
Birmingham 1090 $58,980
Montgomery 270 $45,350
Mobile 240 $55,130
Huntsville 200 $57,180
Dothan 90 $49,310
Auburn 70 $46,260
Opelika 70 $46,260
Fairhope 70 $48,620
Foley 70 $48,620
Daphne 70 $48,620
Tuscaloosa 70 $49,760
Anniston 50 $45,210
Jacksonville 50 $45,210
Oxford 50 $45,210
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 110 $78,240
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 2900 $57,310
Mesa 2900 $57,310
Phoenix 2900 $57,310
Prescott 70 $67,450
Sierra Vista 60 $49,890
Douglas 60 $49,890
Yuma 50 $67,260
Tucson N/A $57,920
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 440 $52,250
North Little Rock 440 $52,250
Little Rock 440 $52,250
Jonesboro 60 $43,340
Hot Springs 60 $49,350
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles 5420 $80,190
Long Beach 5420 $80,190
Anaheim 5420 $80,190
Oakland 1350 $81,490
San Francisco 1350 $81,490
Hayward 1350 $81,490
San Diego 1300 $77,040
Carlsbad 1300 $77,040
Santa Clara 850 $87,430
Sunnyvale 850 $87,430
San Jose 850 $87,430
San Bernardino 550 $82,990
Riverside 550 $82,990
Ontario 550 $82,990
Arden 460 $97,260
Roseville 460 $97,260
Sacramento 460 $97,260
Arcade 460 $97,260
Fresno 240 $93,500
Bakersfield 170 $88,080
Ventura 140 $87,080
Thousand Oaks 140 $87,080
Oxnard 140 $87,080
Santa Rosa 120 $70,770
San Luis Obispo 120 $85,840
Paso Robles 120 $85,840
Arroyo Grande 120 $85,840
Stockton 110 $98,670
Lodi 110 $98,670
Modesto 80 $80,070
Redding 80 $91,300
Chico 50 $72,220
Yuba City 50 $87,070
Porterville 40 $69,160
Visalia 40 $69,160
Vallejo 30 $71,690
Fairfield 30 $71,690
Santa Barbara N/A $94,640
Santa Maria N/A $94,640
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 1670 $66,840
Denver 1670 $66,840
Aurora 1670 $66,840
Boulder 170 $63,880
Fort Collins 130 $63,830
Pueblo 50 N/A
Colorado Springs N/A $64,580
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Haven 920 $71,240
East Hartford 590 $75,940
West Hartford 590 $75,940
Hartford 590 $75,940
Stamford 480 $70,990
Norwalk 480 $70,990
Bridgeport 480 $70,990
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 3090 $61,330
Miami 3090 $61,330
Fort Lauderdale 3090 $61,330
Tampa 2130 $60,230
Clearwater 2130 $60,230
St. Petersburg 2130 $60,230
Orlando 1280 $59,750
Sanford 1280 $59,750
Kissimmee 1280 $59,750
Jacksonville 570 $59,480
Cape Coral 310 $57,710
Fort Myers 310 $57,710
North Port 310 $58,310
Bradenton 310 $58,310
Sarasota 310 $58,310
Gainesville 280 $60,470
Daytona Beach 260 $60,260
Ormond Beach 260 $60,260
Deltona 260 $60,260
Winter Haven 250 $57,780
Lakeland 250 $57,780
Melbourne 240 $54,360
Palm Bay 240 $54,360
Titusville 240 $54,360
Ferry Pass 230 $58,620
Pensacola 230 $58,620
Brent 230 $58,620
Port St. Lucie 210 $59,160
Tallahassee 200 $59,260
Ocala 100 $58,470
Naples 100 $68,150
Marco Island 100 $68,150
Immokalee 100 $68,150
Crestview 90 $54,340
Fort Walton Beach 90 $54,340
Destin 90 $54,340
Sebastian 70 $61,970
Vero Beach 70 $61,970
The Villages N/A $58,750
Panama City N/A $60,300
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 2650 $59,760
Atlanta 2650 $59,760
Roswell 2650 $59,760
Clarke County 220 N/A
Athens 220 N/A
Savannah 190 $47,920
Gainesville 110 $59,800
Warner Robins 60 $54,480
Rome 60 $65,590
Brunswick 40 $55,180
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 550 $69,340
Lahaina N/A $58,400
Wailuku N/A $58,400
Kahului N/A $58,400
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 290 $61,910
Idaho Falls 40 $64,090
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 280 $57,840
Peoria 230 $54,870
Bloomington 80 $52,190
Champaign 60 $58,750
Urbana 60 $58,750
Decatur N/A $54,320
Rockford N/A $61,960
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 1630 $63,970
Anderson 1630 $63,970
Carmel 1630 $63,970
Fort Wayne 330 $57,410
Terre Haute 60 $45,170
Goshen 40 $49,410
Elkhart 40 $49,410
West Lafayette 30 $59,090
Lafayette 30 $59,090
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Des Moines 260 $58,550
Des Moines 260 $58,550
Dubuque 120 $55,590
Cedar Rapids 110 $53,340
Iowa City 80 N/A
Cedar Falls 80 $59,680
Waterloo 80 $59,680
Ames 40 $53,770
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 350 $55,620
Topeka 60 $62,390
Manhattan 40 $51,790
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lexington 410 $55,890
Fayette 410 $55,890
Owensboro 30 $58,580
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 820 $52,840
New Orleans 820 $52,840
Baton Rouge 410 $47,210
Lafayette 200 $46,180
Alexandria 140 $54,680
Monroe 140 $55,970
Lake Charles 110 $46,890
Thibodaux 50 $52,980
Houma 50 $52,980
Hammond 30 $48,370
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 340 $54,600
South Portland 340 $54,600
Bangor 150 $55,500
Auburn 60 $58,270
Lewiston 60 $58,270
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 2580 $57,000
Columbia 2580 $57,000
Baltimore 2580 $57,000
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Barnstable Town 130 $71,680
Gardner 50 $71,160
Leominster 50 $71,160
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dearborn 3330 $58,510
Warren 3330 $58,510
Detroit 3330 $58,510
Ann Arbor 1120 $46,710
Wyoming 600 $58,480
Grand Rapids 600 $58,480
East Lansing 350 N/A
Lansing 350 N/A
Portage 260 $61,010
Kalamazoo 260 $61,010
Flint 230 $67,540
Saginaw 110 $56,210
Midland 70 N/A
Benton Harbor N/A $55,830
Niles N/A $55,830
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
St. Cloud 80 $67,830
North Mankato N/A $65,200
Mankato N/A $65,200
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 560 $60,920
Pascagoula 180 $58,770
Biloxi 180 $58,770
Gulfport 180 $58,770
Hattiesburg 100 $48,490
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 270 $54,370
Jefferson City 100 $45,070
Joplin 50 $54,690
     
Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Billings 110 $63,910
Great Falls 60 $61,150
Missoula 30 $56,610
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 210 $55,170
Grand Island 50 $56,240
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 590 $72,700
Henderson 590 $72,700
Las Vegas 590 $72,700
Reno 140 $72,000
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 110 $71,830
Hammonton 90 $69,140
Atlantic City 90 $69,140
Bridgeton N/A $65,240
Vineland N/A $65,240
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 370 $55,660
Las Cruces 70 $46,340
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 890 $59,020
Albany 630 $60,640
Troy 630 $60,640
Schenectady 630 $60,640
Syracuse 410 $55,560
Niagara Falls 350 $59,010
Buffalo 350 $59,010
Cheektowaga 350 $59,010
Rome 140 $64,790
Utica 140 $64,790
Binghamton 80 $61,180
Watertown 60 $59,810
Fort Drum 60 $59,810
Ithaca 50 $59,280
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Durham 1280 $57,590
Chapel Hill 1280 $57,590
Burlington 580 $62,380
Raleigh 510 $56,320
High Point 490 $57,720
Greensboro 490 $57,720
Winston 340 $57,510
Salem 340 $57,510
Asheville 260 $54,480
Greenville 130 $56,720
Wilmington 120 $56,520
Fayetteville 100 $57,220
Hickory 90 $57,330
Morganton 90 $57,330
Lenoir 90 $57,330
Rocky Mount 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 170 $60,020
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cleveland 2640 $59,550
Elyria 2640 $59,550
Columbus 1060 $57,620
Dayton 630 $60,270
Toledo 520 $65,420
Akron 350 $59,460
Massillon 90 $58,510
Canton 90 $58,510
Lima 60 $56,290
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 960 $57,220
Tulsa 540 $54,320
Lawton 70 $55,040
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 190 $67,980
Medford 140 $71,140
Salem 130 $68,630
Bend 100 $69,150
Redmond 100 $69,150
Corvallis 60 $69,090
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 2120 $55,580
Hazleton 350 $54,920
Wilkes 350 $54,920
Scranton 350 $54,920
Barre 350 $54,920
Carlisle 300 $54,290
Harrisburg 300 $54,290
Erie 160 N/A
Hanover 130 $63,110
York 130 $63,110
Altoona 100 N/A
Reading 80 $59,110
Williamsport 60 $48,660
East Stroudsburg 60 $58,260
Lebanon 50 $57,780
Lancaster N/A $53,460
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
San Juan 1690 $32,830
Carolina 1690 $32,830
Caguas 1690 $32,830
Ponce 320 $26,100
Mayag�ez 150 $24,550
Isabela 150 $27,170
Aguadilla 150 $27,170
Arecibo 110 $28,580
San German 90 $25,620
Guayama 60 $30,460
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 880 $53,840
Anderson 880 $53,840
Greenville 880 $53,840
Columbia 530 $49,370
North Charleston 440 $58,320
Charleston 440 $58,320
Florence 250 $46,550
Spartanburg 200 $43,240
     
Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sioux Falls 360 $55,470
Rapid City 120 $55,340
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1430 $61,250
Franklin 1430 $61,250
Davidson 1430 $61,250
Nashville 1430 $61,250
Knoxville 700 $54,980
Jackson 130 $52,550
Johnson City 110 $57,130
Morristown 30 $58,340
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Dallas 3430 $61,370
Fort Worth 3430 $61,370
Arlington 3430 $61,370
Houston 3230 $61,420
The Woodlands 3230 $61,420
Sugar Land 3230 $61,420
San Antonio 1580 $56,800
New Braunfels 1580 $56,800
Round Rock 930 $54,230
Austin 930 $54,230
El Paso 330 $55,110
Temple 320 $57,830
Killeen 320 $57,830
Mission 250 $50,970
McAllen 250 $50,970
Edinburg 250 $50,970
Lubbock 180 $58,480
Amarillo 130 $60,610
Tyler 120 $54,540
Port Arthur 120 $58,450
Beaumont 120 $58,450
Abilene 80 $55,070
Longview 70 $59,730
Waco 70 $64,330
Harlingen 60 $55,450
Brownsville 60 $55,450
San Angelo 60 $57,870
Victoria 50 $51,360
Midland 40 $48,460
Wichita Falls N/A $54,860
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 1690 $53,900
Clearfield 210 $42,620
Ogden 210 $42,620
Orem 180 $56,820
Provo 180 $56,820
St. George 80 $66,810
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 60 $74,060
Burlington 60 $74,060
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 650 $60,360
Charlottesville 230 $60,330
Roanoke 150 $53,110
Lynchburg 80 $54,830
Radford 50 $43,830
Blacksburg 50 $43,830
Christiansburg 50 $43,830
Harrisonburg N/A $57,970
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tacoma 1920 $69,050
Seattle 1920 $69,050
Bellevue 1920 $69,050
Spokane Valley 530 $72,750
Spokane 530 $72,750
Richland 140 $69,390
Kennewick 140 $69,390
Yakima 90 $66,880
Bellingham 80 $65,970
Wenatchee 50 $69,900
Walla Walla 40 $69,530
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 120 $54,730
Morgantown 90 $59,000
Beckley 60 $56,890
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1390 $56,540
West Allis 1390 $56,540
Milwaukee 1390 $56,540
Madison 610 $59,510
Green Bay 120 $55,920
Appleton 100 $57,360
Eau Claire 90 $51,920
Wausau 80 $55,860
Fond du Lac N/A $56,330
     
Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Cheyenne 70 $60,840

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Medical Lab Technologists

To find out more about building a career as Medical Lab Technologists, 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.

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Hospital 102,390 61% $54,250
Medical Office 43,900 26% $51,670
Government 7,470 4% $58,080
Education 6,900 4% $48,080
Professional And Technical Services 2,950 1% $51,920
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