||Clinical Laboratory Specialists
|Duties and Responsibilities:
||Clinical Laboratory Specialists include both Clinical Laboratory Technicians
and Clinical Technologists. These professions are also referred to
as Medical Laboratory Technicians or Medical Technologists.
Both technicians and technologists perform laboratory work to identify,
diagnose, and treat diseases.
Clinical laboratory technicians use microscopes, laboratory equipment,
chemicals and computers to perform laboratory procedures. They also
collect blood specimens and prepare culture media. They conduct tests
and prepare reports for clinical technologists or physicians.
Clinical technologists perform more complex laboratory tests and procedures
than technicians. They also supervise technicians, confirm their
tests, and manage laboratory quality control programs.
Most clinical laboratory specialists work in hospitals, but they are
also employed by private practices, medical groups, research laboratories,
pharmaceutical companies, and universities.
$20,000 - $28,000 (Clinical laboratory technicians)
$25,000 - $40,000 (Clinical technologists)
||Students should take the most challenging high school courses in, science,
math, and English.
An associate's degree in the field or completion of a specialized in-house
training program is required to become a clinical laboratory technician.
A bachelor's degree in the field is normally required to become a clinical
technologist, however some employers accept an associate's degree and extensive
clinical experience as a substitute. Many technologists pursue additional
graduate education or specialized training to advance their careers in
clinical chemistry, blood banking, and microbiology.
|For More Information:
||American Medical Technologists
710 Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068-5765