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Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician
Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease.
The Job
Clinical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood that show how a patient is responding to treatment.
Work Environment
Clinical laboratory personnel are trained to work with infectious specimens. When proper methods of infection control and sterilization are followed, few hazards exist. Protective masks, gloves, and g
College Majors
bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology
Minimum Qualifications
Clinical laboratory technologist generally require a bachelor's degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences.
Personality traits helpful for this career
Median annual wage-and-salary earnings of medical and clinical laboratory technologists were $49,700 in May 2006. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,680 and $58,560. The lowest 10 percent earned
Quick Facts
  • Faster than average employment growth and excellent job opportunities are expected.
  • Clinical laboratory technologists usually have a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or in one of the life sciences; clinical laboratory technicians generally need either an associate
  • Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow faster in other settings.
Compensation and Outlook
Median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technologists were $53,500 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,560 and $63,420. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,680.
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