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Medical & Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Also called: Chief Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS), Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech), Medical Technologist (MT)

What they do:
Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.


  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Arts and Humanities
  • English language


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Electronic medical record EMR software
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel
Electronic mail software
  • Email software


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
associate's degree
usually needed

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