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Clinical Laboratory Technologist / Technician CareersClinical Laboratory Medical Technologist / Technician:
A Clinical Laboratory Technologist / Technician performs tests in relation to the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. A Clinical Laboratory Technologist is sometimes known as clinical laboratory scientist, medical technologist, medical technician or medical laboratory technician.

Clinical Laboratory Technologist / Technicians can work in large hospitals, physician's offices, ambulatory clinics, educational services, and independent laboratories. They often work day, evening or night shifts, and are often on call in the event of an emergency.

The main duties of a Clinical Laboratory Technologist / Technician include:

  • Analyzing body fluids and cells
  • Detection of bacteria and other microorganisms
  • Matching of blood types
  • Testing a patient's response to treatment
  • Preparing specimens for examination
  • Detection of abnormal cells
  • Operating microscopes and other medical laboratory equipment
  • Reporting test results to the physician

Qualifications & Education:
Clinical Laboratory Technicians usually need an associate degree or a certificate to practice. Technologists are more qualified than Technicians and are required to have a bachelor's degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences to practice.

The following boards provide additional certification to Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians: 

  • Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology
  • American Medical Technologists
  • National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel
  • Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts

Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians vary from $25,000 to $70,000 depending on experience, educational qualifications, location and position held. The job prospects for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians are excellent. In addition to job growth in this area, vacancies will also arise due to Technicians having transferred, retired or taken career breaks.

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