What does a Medical Laboratory Tech do?

Medical laboratory techs perform a range of tests and other procedures in a medical laboratory setting. They prepare and analyze human tissue and other specimens. They ensure strict compliance to all standards and guidelines, particularly those related to maintaining sterile and structured conditions to prevent contamination or mishandling of specimens. They clean, maintain, and inspect lab equipment and tools. They prepare and file reports and other documentation.

Medical laboratory techs typically have an associate or bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory technology or a related field and have completed an accredited medical technology program. State licenses and other certifications are also usually required. They should have experience working in a medical lab setting. These techs must be highly organized, detail oriented, and have a strong commitment to accuracy and quality standards.

What responsibilities are common for Medical Laboratory Tech jobs?
  • Perform QC checks as outlined in policies and procedures.
  • Review requisitions for completeness and appropriate routing.
  • Duties may include phlebotomy and collection of lab specimens for the purpose of testing.
  • Ensure outgoing results are accurate and reach providers in a timely manner.
  • Communicate with clients (physician office staff and providers) to ensure appropriate specimen collection, handling, transport and result return.
  • Maintain records of performance as defined in the laboratory's general and sectional policy and procedure manuals.
  • Perform routine maintenance duties to support the functions of the department including, unpacking supplies, scheduled equipment maintenance, cleaning of workspaces and equipment.
What are the typical qualifications for Medical Laboratory Tech jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree in laboratory science or medical technology.
  • Well-versed in ASCP protocols and procedures.
  • Skilled in preparing accurate reports concerning the results of laboratory tests.
  • Knowledge of laboratory ordering and specimen processing to ensure accurate test results.
  • Experienced with writing protocols.
  • In-depth understanding of HIPAA regulations.
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Work/Life Balance
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Avg. Experience8+ years

How much does a Medical Laboratory Tech make?

Confident
$54,877 /yr
Total Pay
$52,422
 /yr

Base Pay

+
$2,455
 /yr

Additional Pay

$54,877

 / yr
$37K$83K
Most Likely Range
Possible Range
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Medical Laboratory Tech

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
34%
2 - 4
32%
5 - 7
0%
8+
34%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

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AL HADA ARMED FORCES HOSPITAL
Medical Laboratory Technician
Apr 1, 2022

“It's good thing I worked there because I learned more discipline and respectful co.”

US Air ForceUS Air Force
Medical Laboratory Technician
Aug 10, 2022

“Great educational compensation to continue your development (if you push yourself and take advantage).”

Triage StaffingTriage Staffing
Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
Feb 17, 2021

“Triage is one of the best companies i have worked for as a medical Laboratory technician.”

Mid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation TrustMid Cheshire Hospitals Foundation Trust
Medical Laboratory Technician
Feb 22, 2021

“Good for career progression and flexible”

Adventist HealthAdventist Health
Medical Laboratory Technician
Jul 4, 2021

“Good good good good good”

HLL Lifecare LimitedHLL Lifecare Limited
Medical Laboratory Technician
Feb 25, 2022

“I see this opportunity as a way to contribute to an exciting/ forward thinking/ fast moving company.”

US ArmyUS Army
Medical Laboratory Technician
Jul 20, 2022

“Sometimes difficult to balance work and home life.”

UT Southwestern Medical CenterUT Southwestern Medical Center
Medical Laboratory Technician
Sep 19, 2020

“Always learning something and my Lab Manager was great to work with.”

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