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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 980

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.55 - $37.76

Typical Annual Salary: $55,200 - $78,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • 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.

tools & technology

  • Chemistry analyzers
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Laminar flow cabinets or stations
  • Phlebotomy trays or accessories

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

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