Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

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About the Job

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

It is also Called

  • Tissue Technologist
  • Research Assistant
  • Pathology Laboratory Technologist
  • Microbiology Technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Technologist Teaching Supervisor
  • Medical Technologist (MT)
  • Medical Numerical Control Operator
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech)

What They Do

  • Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.
  • Obtain, cut, stain, and mount biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.
  • Select and prepare specimens and media for cell cultures, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
  • Harvest cell cultures at optimum time, based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.
  • Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.
  • Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.
  • Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.
  • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
  • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • 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.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

LMI Region

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in New Jersey was $65,930 with most people making between $49,220 and $86,080

Outlook

0.29%
avg. annual growth

During 2008, this occupation employed approximately 5,150 people in New Jersey. It is projected that there will be 5,300 employed in 2018.

This occupation will have about 15 openings due to growth and about 105 replacement openings for approximately 120 total annual openings.