DETAILED OCCUPATION DATA
29-2011 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
Occupational Description:Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.
|Geography||Employment||Emp SE*||Mean||Mean SE*||10th||25th||Median||75th||90th|
|EDR 11 - 7 County Twin Cities||1,680||149||$29.12/hr||$0.72/hr||$20.49/hr||$24.50/hr||$29.43/hr||$34.06/hr||$37.16/hr|
|*SE = Standard error, a measure of the statistical reliability of the estimate.|
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|Employment||Median Wage||% Change -|
|Compliance Officers, Except Agriculture, Construction, Health and Safety, and Transportation||3,270||$32.04/hr||N/A|
|Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians||1,750||$21.25/hr||N/A|
Tasks for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
- Cuts, stains, and mounts biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.
- Harvests cell culture at optimum time sequence based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.
- Cultivates, isolates, and assists in identifying microbial organisms, and performs various tests on these micro-organisms.
- Prepares slide of cell culture to identify chromosomes, views and photographs slide under photo- microscope, and prints picture.
- Sets up, cleans, and maintains laboratory equipment.
- Enters analysis of medical tests and clinical results into computer for storage.
- Calibrates and maintains equipment used in quantitative and qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, and computer-controlled analyzers.
- Communicates with physicians, family members, and researchers requesting technical information regarding test results.
- Conducts research under direction of Microbiologist or Biochemist.
- Cuts images of chromosomes from photograph and identifies and arranges them in numbered pairs on karyotype chart, using standard practices.
- Studies blood cells, number of blood cells, and morphology, using microscopic technique.
- Performs tests to determine blood group, type, and compatibility for transfusion purposes.
- Conducts chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, and spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal and abnormal components.
- Examines and tests human, animal, or other materials for microbial organisms.
- Selects and prepares specimen and media for cell culture, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
- Examines slides under microscope to detect deviations from norm and to report abnormalities for further study.
- Analyzes samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.