Careers in the Licensed Professions

Clinical Laboratory Technologist & Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician

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Clinical laboratory technologists test and analyze human tissue and fluids to help diagnose health conditions. At least 70 percent of all medical diagnoses are based on their findings. Certified clinical laboratory technicians perform lab tests under appropriate supervision. These professionals also carefully document their work and perform critical processes to ensure accurate testing results.

 

Education

Technologist: Bachelor’s or higher degree in a Department-registered clinical laboratory technology licensure program, or the substantial equivalent

OR

Bachelor’s or higher degree in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences AND an advanced certificate in clinical laboratory technology.

Technician: Associate or higher degree in a Department-registered clinical laboratory technician licensure program, or the equivalent.

Examination

ASCP Board of Certification examination:

Technologist: Medical Laboratory Scientist exam

Technician: Medical Laboratory Technician exam




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Salary and Projected Growth

  • Salary range: $53,370-$76,470 (Technologists) and $38,910-$57,630 (Technicians)
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Private industry
  • Research, education, training

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Chemistry, biology, microbiology, and hematology
  • Understanding of lab procedures
  • Scientific analysis

Professional Skills

  • Knowledge of laws governing clinical laboratories
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Precision and organization

What Interests You?

Match your interests and personality to career options! Explore a free career tool at mynextmove.org/explore/ip

Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a clinical laboratory technologist or certfied clinical laboratory technician about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: March 4, 2019