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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff. Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components.
Operate, calibrate and maintain equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analyzers.
Enter data from analysis of medical tests and clinical results into computer for storage.
Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members and researchers.
Supervise, train, and direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians and technologists, and other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.
Develop, standardize, evaluate, and modify procedures, techniques and tests used in the analysis of specimens and in medical laboratory experiments.
Cultivate, isolate, and assist in identifying microbial organisms, and perform various tests on these microorganisms.
Obtain, cut, stain, and mount biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.
Select and prepare specimen and media for cell culture, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.
Harvest cell cultures at optimum time based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.
Establish and monitor quality assurance programs and activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, and compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Mathematics Using mathematics to solve problems.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Commercial plate reader software Medical software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
Email software Electronic mail software
Hematology laboratory workflow management software Medical software
Laboratory information system LIS software Medical software
Medical digital imaging software Medical software
Medical software Medical software
Medical system integration software Medical software
Microscopic image capturing software Medical software
Quality control software Medical software
Reimbursement screening software Medical software
Specimen tracking software Medical software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Test result delivery software Medical software
Test routing software Medical software
Word processing software Word processing software
22-gauge needles Hypodermic needles
5-part differential automated hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
8 and 12 channel pipettes Electronic multichannel pipetters
Agglutination viewers Blood bank analyzers
Anaerobe jars Anaerobic jars or accessories
Analytical balances Analytical balances
Antigen-coated test plates Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
Autoclaves Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
Automated chemistry analyzers Chemistry analyzers
Automated coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
Automated hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
Automated platelet analyzers Hematology analyzers
Automated urinalysis equipment Urinalysis analyzers
Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems Chemistry analyzers
Automatic pipetter diluters Laboratory diluters
Automatic pipetters Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
Automatic tissue processors Tissue processors
Balances Laboratory balances
Bench refractometers Bench refractometers or polarimeters
Blood agar plates Specialty plates for bacteria
Blood collection needles Blood collection needles
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
Butterfly needles Butterfly needles
Calorimeters Calorimeters
Candle jars Anaerobic jars or accessories
Capillary sticks Capillary or hematocrit tubes
Capillary tubes Capillary or hematocrit tubes
Cell counters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
Cell washers Blood bank cell washers
Centrifuges Benchtop centrifuges
Chemistry analyzers Chemistry analyzers
Chromatographs Chromatographic detectors
Coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
Collection tube holders/adapters Phlebotomy trays or accessories
Colorimeters Colorimeters
Compound light microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Differential cell counters Manual or electronic hematology differential cell counters
Differential hematology analyzers with laser technology Hematology analyzers
Diluters Laboratory diluters
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
Electrical mixers Laboratory mixers
Electrolyte analyzers Electrolyte analyzers
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay ELISA plate readers Microplate readers
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
Flame photometers Photometers
Flow cytometers Microbiology analyzers
Fluorescence microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Fume hoods Fume hoods or cupboards
Gel electrophoresis equipment Gel documentation systems
Glass slides Microscope slides
Glucose monitoring systems Glucose monitors or meters
Hemacytometers Hemacytometer sets
Hemaglobinometers Hematology analyzers
Hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems Hematology analyzers
Heterologous test systems Chemistry analyzers
Homologous test systems Chemistry analyzers
Hot air ovens Laboratory mechanical convection ovens
Incubators Forced air or mechanical convection general purpose incubators
Label printers Compact disc CD or labeling printers
Laboratory vacuum pumps Laboratory vacuum pumps
Laminar flow cabinets Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Laminar flow hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Laser printers Laser printers
Light microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Manual pipettes Manual multichannel air displacement pipetters
Microhematocrits Microcentrifuges
Micrometers Micrometers
Microtiter plates Multiwell plates
Needle holders Blood collection needle holders
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Osmometers Osmometers
Personal computers Personal computers
Petri dishes Petri plates or dishes
Photometers Photometers
Photomicroscopes Photo attachments for microscopes
Plasma extractors Extracting equipment for laboratories
Plasma thawers Warming cabinets
Plate washers Microplate washers
Platelet rockers Platelet mixers
Portable coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
Safety pipetting devices Pipetter inserts or accessories
Scintillation counters Liquid scintillation counters
Semiautomated hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
Sensitivity plates Tissue culture coated plates or dishes or inserts
Serological kits Immunology or serology test kits or supplies
Serology tube rotators Tube rotators
Single-channel pipettes Manual single channel air displacement pipetters
Spectrometers Spectrometers
Spectrophotometers Spectrophotometers
Sterile blood lancets Lancets
Sterile transfer tubes Multipurpose or general test tubes
Stylets Surgical sterile instrument brushes or instrument stylets or instrument wipes
Thermal cyclers Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers
Tissue cassettes Histology tissue cassettes
Tissue embedding equipment Tissue embedding stations
Tourniquets Tourniquets
Triple beam balances Triple beam balances
Ultracentrifuges Ultracentrifuges
Unopettes Phlebotomy trays or accessories
Urinometers Urinalysis analyzers
Vacutainer tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
pH meters pH meters
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Bachelor's Degree
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Alternate Job Title(s)
Biochemistry Technologist
Blood Bank Laboratory Technologist
Blood Bank Technologist
Chemistry Technologist
Chief Medical Technologist
Clinical Immunology Specialist
Clinical Laboratory Manager
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
Clinical Laboratory Technologist
Clinical Medical Technologist
Clinical Research Assistant
Clinical Research Associate
Clinical Researcher
Cytogenetic Technologist
Cytology Laboratory Manager
Differential Specialist
Flow Cytometry Technologist
Hematology Technologist
Histologist Technologist
Histology Technician
Immunology Technologist
Laboratory Supervisor
Medical Chief Technician
Medical Laboratory Technician
Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech)
Medical Numerical Control Operator
Medical Technician
Medical Technologist (MT)
Medical Technologist Teaching Supervisor
Microbiology Technologist
Molecular Pathology Technologist
Pathology Laboratory Technologist
Research Assistant
Tissue Technologist
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
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