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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

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Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.

    Work Activities
    • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
    • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
    • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
    • Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
    • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.
    • Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
    • Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
    • Harvest cell cultures at optimum time, based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.
    • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
    • Select and prepare specimens and media for cell cultures, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
    • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
    • Obtain, cut, stain, and mount biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.
    • Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.
    • Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.
    • Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.
    • Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.
    Skills
    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    5
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5
    Abilities
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    Knowledge
    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • 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.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $54,620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $26.26/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 500
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Investigative: People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    Tools
    • Phlebotomy trays or accessories
    • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
    • Hematology analyzers
    • Coagulation analyzers
    • Chemistry analyzers
    Technology
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Project management software
    • Medical software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.