Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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About the Job

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

It is also Called

  • Vascular Technician
  • Tissue Technician
  • Specimen Processor
  • Specimen Accessioner
  • Sleep Technician
  • Serology Technician
  • Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pathology Technician
  • Pathologist Assistant
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What They Do

  • Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
  • Test raw materials, processes, or finished products to determine quality or quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.
  • Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.
  • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
  • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
  • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

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

Things They Need to Know

  • 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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • 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.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2016, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $41,950 with most people making between $26,040 and $62,810

Outlook

1.21%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 9,680 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 10,850 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 117 openings due to growth and about 233 replacement openings for approximately 350 total annual openings.



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