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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
District Of Columbia

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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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Currently Employed: 684

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $18.64 - $26.05

Typical Annual Salary: $38,800 - $54,200

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Typical education needed for entry: Associate'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 analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
  • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Chemistry analyzers
  • Coagulation analyzers
  • Hematology analyzers
  • Phlebotomy trays or accessories
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers

Technology:
  • Accounting software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Medical software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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