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What Does a Laboratory Technician Do?

If you're curious by nature and like science, here’s a job to think about. Laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue and other substances. They use various types of machinery, lab equipment and complex computer programs to perform their tests. Lab technicians record their data to help doctors solve medical problems.

Laboratory technicians work in hospitals, diagnostic centers and doctors’ offices.

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Median Salary $
44,000
Jobs Available
14,800+
A lab technician works with samples and records the information
Attention to detail is a must-have skill for laboratory technologists and technicians. (Credit: Michal Kowalski/Shutterstock)
Duties + Responsibilities
  • Analyze samples 
  • Design and execute laboratory testing according to standard procedures
  • Make observations and record findings
  • Conduct experiments under defined conditions to verify/reject various types of hypotheses using refined scientific method
  • Organize and store all chemicals substances, fluids and compressed gases according to safety instructions
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment including automated equipment and computerized instruments
  • Record all data and results with accuracy
  • Maintain equipment and assist in ordering laboratory supplies
  • Follow all safety guidelines
  • Maintain a clean and orderly environment
  • Discuss results of laboratory tests with physicians
Education + Training

Laboratory technicians often complete an associate degree program in clinical laboratory science. The Armed Forces and technical schools also offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines. Some states require technicians to be licensed.

A related role is laboratory technologist, which may provide an opportunity for advancement for a technician. A technologist has typically completed a bachelor's degree and may serve in a supervisory role.

You May Be a Good Fit for This Position If You
  • Can operate computerized lab equipment
  • Are good at following precise instructions
  • Have the dexterity to work with needles and precision laboratory instruments
  • You have the ability to work independently 
  • Work well under pressure
  • Are detail-oriented

Laboratory Technician training in your area

Coordinates

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S

South Central College
North Mankato (0.0 Miles)

Health Care Technology Certificate

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Mount Gay (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Lakeland Community College
Kirtland (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Columbia State Community College
Columbia (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Community College of Baltimore County
Baltimore (0.0 Miles)

Medical Lab Technician Certificate of Achievement

San Diego Miramar College
San Diego (0.0 Miles)
FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.S.

Florida State College at Jacksonville
Jacksonville (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technology

Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College
Mount Gay (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Ozarks Technical Community College
Springfield (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technology, A.A.S.

Austin Community College District
Austin (0.0 Miles)

Clinical Lab Science, A.A.S.

Lorain County Community College
Elyria (0.0 Miles)

Medical Laboratory Technician, A.A.S.

Wallace State Community College
Hanceville (0.0 Miles)
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Kavita Cain, a lab tech in Ohio, says that much of her time nowadays is spent performing COVID, flu and other respiratory tests.
Meet Ambassador Kavita Cain

Kavita Cain, a self-described “lab nerd,” says her job is perfect for an introvert who wants to work in healthcare.

"I like that I do not have any patient contact but still play a huge part in diagnosis and analysis of patient samples," says Kavita.

In fact, she says the best personality trait might be the desire to play a critical role and yet remain behind the scenes.

Find Laboratory Technician Jobs in Your Area

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Specimen Prep Technician I

Associated Clinical Laboratories, L.P.
Erie ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Clinical Laboratory Technician 1 (full-time, Days)

University of Washington
Seattle ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Plasma Processing Technician

CSL Behring
Wilmington ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 4 weeks 1 day ago

Clinical Lab Spec III

Lifesource Blood Services
Saint Petersburg ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Central processing Technician

St Mary's Health System
Nashua ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 6 days ago

Lab Assistant/Specimen Accessioner/Data Entry in Earth City, MO

LabCorp
Earth City ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Histology Supervisor - (1st Shift)

LabCorp
San Diego ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago

Specimen Accessioner

LabCorp
Dallas ( 0.0 ) Miles
Posted 3 weeks 5 days ago