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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Avg. Experience8+ years

Medical Laboratory Tech Salaries

Average Base Pay

$70,169 /yr
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Medical Laboratory Technician
Apr 1, 2022

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

Triage StaffingTriage Staffing
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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
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Feb 22, 2021

“Good for career progression and flexible”

Adventist HealthAdventist Health
Medical Laboratory Technician
Jul 4, 2021

“Good good good good good”

Ministry of Health of Zambia
Medical Laboratory Technologist
May 14, 2020

“Good work experience and job security”

Médecins du MondeMédecins du Monde
Medical Laboratory Technician
Dec 4, 2019

“The best thing is I m working here for serving people who are needed help from international humanitarian organizations.”

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.”

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

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

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