What does a Lab Assistant do?

As a Lab Assistant (in a hospital) you will follow instructions and safety protocols in handling blood borne pathogens. You will collect and process specimens from patients to assist medical personnel. You will maintain a safe environment and document any abnormalities in the manner proscribed by the facility.

You could be the ideal candidate if you have a GED or H.S. diploma, are a certified lab assistant per state requirements and have at least a year of experience in a lab environment. You will be standing for long periods of time and be expected to participate in all training provided and adhere to all safety protocols. Before an offer of employment can be extended you must be able to pass a background check and drug screen.

  • Follow all safety guidelines when using lab equipment
  • Wear personal protective equipment at all times
  • Document any blood borne pathogens incidents
  • Clean up any blood borne pathogens per protocol
  • Follow chain of custody protocols
  • Follow written and verbal orders given by the doctor or other medical professional
  • Carefully note outcomes from tests
  • Order supplies
  • Certified as a Lab Assistant, per the state requirements
  • 1-3 years of experience in a lab environment
  • Ability to pass a drug screen
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Reliable transportation
  • Willing to participate in training as provided by organization
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Follow all safety protocols
  • Keen attention to detail when conducting tests and documenting results
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Lab Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$35,496 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$26K
Median: $35K
$48K
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Lab Assistant Career Path

Learn how to become a Lab Assistant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Lab Assistant Insights

Read what Lab Assistant professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
NeoGenomicsNeoGenomics
Lab Assistant
Sep 27, 2021

“Work life balance is difficult to have because of the high backlog we currently have.”

CurativeCurative
Clinical Lab Assistant II
Dec 27, 2020

“Everyone is very nice and great to work with.”

Server TechnologyServer Technology
Lab Intern
Aug 15, 2019

“The people who work here are extremely nice and good to work with.”

Bio-Reference LabsBio-Reference Labs
Clinical Lab Assistant
Apr 27, 2021

“The people are super smart and enjoyable to work with.”

ALSALS
Lab Assistant
Mar 17, 2021

“The team is nice and fun to work with.”

Yourgene HealthYourgene Health
Lab Assistant
Sep 15, 2021

“I have been working for three weeks and I haven’t even met my team leader.”

University of MiamiUniversity of Miami
Computer Lab Assistant
Jul 15, 2021

“not great pay but not much effort”

Royal Stoke University HospitalRoyal Stoke University Hospital
Medical Laboratory Assistant
Jun 18, 2021

“Good good good good good”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of a lab assistant

When working as a lab assistant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Critical Thinking, Excellent Communication, CPR, Professionalism, and Interpersonal and Communication.

The most similar professions to lab assistant are:
  • Lab Manager
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Chemist

The most common qualifications to become a lab assistant include a minimum of a Associate's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.