Clinical Lab Technologist

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Medical laboratory technologists perform complex tests and procedures, and they typically supervise technicians. Medical laboratory technologists typically do the following:

  • Analyze body fluids such as blood, urine, and tissue samples to determine normal or abnormal findings
  • Collect and study blood samples for use in transfusions by identifying the number of cells, the cell morphology or the blood group, blood type, and compatibility with other blood types
  • Operate sophisticated laboratory equipment such as microscopes and cell counters
  • Use automated equipment and computerized instruments capable of performing a number of tests at the same time
  • Log data from medical tests and enter results into a patient's medical record
  • Discuss results and findings of laboratory tests and procedures with physicians
  • Supervise or train medical laboratory technicians

Technologists perform tests and procedures that physicians or other healthcare personnel order. They also perform more complex tests and laboratory procedures than technicians do. For example, technologists may prepare specimens and operate automated analyzers or perform manual tests that are based on detailed instructions.

Technologists in small laboratories perform many types of tests; in large laboratories, they generally specialize.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data applies to the entire United States, not just New Hampshire.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
331
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
374
Jobs Percentage Change: 
13.0%
Total Annual Openings: 
107
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

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School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
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