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Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Clinical Laboratory Technology

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?


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

Education Requirements

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.

Adult learning for student university study in class, hand note lecture in notebook for exam

ASCP Board of Certification examination:

Technologist- Medical Laboratory Scientist exam

Technician- Medical Laboratory Technician exam

What Interests You?

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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!