CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist. Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood and urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases, and enter findings into computer.
Analyze the results of tests and experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical and electrical devices.
Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs and narratives.
Perform medical research to further control and cure disease.
Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
Cut, stain and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
Supervise and instruct other technicians and laboratory assistants.
Prepare standard volumetric solutions and reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
Test raw materials, processes and finished products to determine quality and quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.
Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
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.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
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.
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.
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.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
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.
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.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
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 Technicians
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.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
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.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
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 Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
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.
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).
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.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
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.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
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.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
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.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Multilimb Coordination The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Billing software Accounting software
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 platelet analyzers Hematology analyzers
Automated/semi-automated dipstick analysis systems Chemistry analyzers
Automatic pipetters Robotic or automated liquid handling systems
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
Blood culture incubators Shaking incubators
Butterfly needles Butterfly needles
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
Compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Differential hematology analyzers with laser technology Hematology analyzers
Diluters Laboratory diluters
Dropping pipettes Dropping pipettes
Electrical mixers Laboratory mixers
Electrolyte analyzers Electrolyte analyzers
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
Flow cytometers Microbiology analyzers
Fluorescence microscopes Fluorescent microscopes
Glass slides Microscope slides
Glucose monitoring systems Glucose monitors or meters
Hemacytometers Hemacytometer sets
Hematology analyzers Hematology analyzers
Hematology task-targeted automation TTA systems Hematology analyzers
Heterologous test systems Chemistry analyzers
Homologous test systems Chemistry analyzers
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 hoods Laminar flow cabinets or stations
Laser printers Laser printers
Light microscopes Stereo or dissecting light microscopes
Microhematocrits Microcentrifuges
Micrometers Micrometers
Microtiter plates Multiwell plates
Needle holders Blood collection needle holders
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Personal computers Personal computers
Petri dishes Petri plates or dishes
Plasma extractors Extracting equipment for laboratories
Plasma thawers Warming cabinets
Plate washers Microplate washers
Platelet rockers Platelet mixers
Portable coagulation analyzers Coagulation analyzers
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 Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Associate's Degree (or other 2-year degree)
On-the-Job Training Over 1 month, up to and including 3 months
Related Work Experience Over 6 months, up to and including 1 year
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Blood Bank Laboratory Technician
Blood Typer
Blood and Plasma Laboratory Assistant
Blood or Blood Bank Technician
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Clinical Research Assistant
Cytogenetic Technician
Hematology Technician
Hemodialysis Technician
Histologic Aide
Histologic Technician
Histology Technician
Histopathology Technician
Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
Laboratory Associate (Lab Associate)
Laboratory Supervisor
Laboratory Technician
Laboratory Worker
Medical Lab Assistant
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
Medical Laboratory Technician (Medical Lab Tech)
Medical Laboratory Technologist
Medical Numerical Control Operator
Medical Technologist
Microbiology Technician
Neurology Technician
Non-Registered Technician
Pathological Technician
Pathologist Assistant
Pathology Technician
Pharmaceutical Laboratory Technician
Serology Technician
Sleep Technician
Specimen Processor
Tissue Technician
Toxicology Laboratory Technician
Vascular Technician
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Medical Technology
Benchmark Title: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
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