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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
    • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
    • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
    • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
    • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
    • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
    • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
    • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
    • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
    • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
    • Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.
    • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
    • Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
    • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.

    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.

    • 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.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

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

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Biology

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

    • 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.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 53960/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 25.94/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,680
    • Yearly Projected Openings 750

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Independence
    • Analytical Thinking
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Hematology analyzers
    • Coagulation analyzers
    • Chemistry analyzers
    • Capillary or hematocrit tubes
    • Anaerobic jars or accessories

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software

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