Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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About the Job

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

It is also Called

  • Biotechnician
  • Blood and Plasma Laboratory Assistant
  • Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
  • Blood or Blood Bank Technician
  • Blood Typer
  • Catheterization Laboratory Technician
  • Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Certified Dialysis Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Assistant (Clinical Lab Assistant)
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
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What They Do

  • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
  • 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.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
  • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: RIC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Realistic interests, but also prefer Investigative and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Support, but also value Relationships and Independence in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Ohio was $43,470 with most people making between $29,040 and $60,870

Outlook

1.36%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 6,180 people in Ohio. It is projected that there will be 7,020 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 84 openings due to growth and about 146 replacement openings for approximately 230 total annual openings.

Work Keys

This occupation requires a Gold certificate

Skill Level
Observation5
Reading for Information5
Applied Mathematics5
Locating Information5
Listening4
Teamwork4
Applied Technology3
Writing3