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Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technician

Clinical Laboratory Technicians perform laboratory testing that helps to detect, diagnose and treat disease. Working under the supervision of clinical laboratory technologists or laboratory managers, technicians prepare specimens for study and operate automated analyzers, for example. They may also perform manual tests on blood, tissue and other body substances, following detailed instructions.

Clinical laboratory technicians may work in various areas of the laboratory or they may specialize in one area. For example, histology technicians cut and stain tissue samples for microscopic examination by pathologists while phlebotomists collect blood samples.

Salary Range: $26,010 – $61,720

Salary Notes: The mean salary in Vermont in 2016 was $50,570.

Where you can study:
Bristol Community College [1], Fall River, MA
Community College of Rhode Island [2], Warwick, RI
Mount Wachusett Community College [3], Gardner, MA
River Valley Community College [4], Claremont, NH
Springfield Technical Community College [5], Springfield, MA
University of Maine at Augusta [6], Augusta, ME
University of Maine at Presque Isle [7], Presque Isle, ME
University of Vermont [8], Burlington, VT

Where you might work:
– Blood Donor Centers – Clinics – Hospitals – Independent Laboratories – Medical Schools – Pharmaceutical Companies – Physician Offices – Public Health Agencies – Research Organizations

Job Outlook: Employment for clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow much faster than average through 2024 as the volume of laboratory tests increases with population growth and advancements in medical technology.

Education, Licensing and Certification: High school courses should include math and science. Clinical laboratory technicians generally have either an associate degree from a college or a certificate from a hospital training program, vocational or technical school, or from the armed services.

Professional Organizations:
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science [9] 571-748-3770
National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences [10] 773-714-8880