Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

At a Glance

Median Salary
Local Jobs
Entry-Level Education
Bachelor's Degree

Occupation Profile

Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.

By The Numbers

Median Annual Earnings


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Local Jobs


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Entry-Level Education

Bachelor's Degree

This is the most common education level requested in entry-level job listings.

Daily Tasks

  • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
  • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
  • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
  • Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
  • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.
  • Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
  • Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
  • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
  • Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.
  • Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.
  • Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.

Occupational Skills

What skills are necessary for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians?

Hard Skills

Biochemical Assays
Cath Lab
Health Technology
Infection Control
Laboratory Procedures
Medical Laboratory

Soft Skills

Administrative Functions
Customer Service
Ethical Standards And Conduct
Quality Control
Team Leadership
Troubleshooting (Problem Solving)

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry- or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education. They are essential in many industries and occupations.

Education Programs

Del Mar College
Medical Laboratory Technology

Leo Crumley

Del Mar College
Program Type Credential Type Level Required Hours Online Finanical Aid
AAS Credit AAS 60 Yes Yes
Texas A&M Kingsville
Phlebotomy Technician

Brenda Ballard

Texas A&M Kingsville
Program Type Credential Type Level Required Hours Online Finanical Aid
CTE Certificate 90 Yes No
Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Clinical Labatory Science Program

Jean Sparks

Texas A&M Corpus Christi
Program Type Credential Type Level Required Hours Online Finanical Aid
Degree Bachelor's 120 No Yes
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