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.
Salary and Projected Growth
Salary range: $49,695-$93,705 (Technologists) and $57,298-$77,213 (Technicians)
Projected growth: faster than average
Where Could I Work?
Research, education, training
Your Interests and Abilities
Chemistry, biology, microbiology, and hematology
Understanding of lab procedures
Knowledge of laws governing clinical laboratories
Ability to manage stress
Precision and organization
Technologist- Bachelor’s or higher degree in a Department-registered clinical laboratory technology licensure program, or the substantial equivalent
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.
ASCP Board of Certification examination:
Technologist- Medical Laboratory Scientist exam
Technician- Medical Laboratory Technician exam