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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists - 29-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform complex medical laboratory tests for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May train or supervise staff.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Chief Medical Technologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  • Histologist Technologist
  • Medical Laboratory Technologist (Medical Lab Tech)
  • Medical Technologist (MT)
  • Medical Technologist, Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Microbiology Technologist

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze laboratory findings to check the accuracy of the results.
  • Analyze samples of biological material for chemical content or reaction.
  • Collect and study blood samples to determine the number of cells, their morphology, or their blood group, blood type, or compatibility for transfusion purposes, using microscopic techniques.
  • Conduct chemical analysis of body fluids, including blood, urine, or spinal fluid, to determine presence of normal or abnormal components.
  • Conduct medical research under direction of microbiologist or biochemist.
  • Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.
  • Develop, standardize, evaluate, or modify procedures, techniques, or tests used in the analysis of specimens or in medical laboratory experiments.
  • Enter data from analysis of medical tests or clinical results into computer for storage.
  • Establish or monitor quality assurance programs or activities to ensure the accuracy of laboratory results.
  • Harvest cell cultures at optimum time, based on knowledge of cell cycle differences and culture conditions.
  • Obtain, cut, stain, and mount biological material on slides for microscopic study and diagnosis, following standard laboratory procedures.
  • Operate, calibrate, or maintain equipment used in quantitative or qualitative analysis, such as spectrophotometers, calorimeters, flame photometers, or computer-controlled analyzers.
  • Provide technical information about test results to physicians, family members, or researchers.
  • Select and prepare specimens and media for cell cultures, using aseptic technique and knowledge of medium components and cell requirements.
  • Set up, clean, and maintain laboratory equipment.
  • Supervise, train, or direct lab assistants, medical and clinical laboratory technicians or technologists, or other medical laboratory workers engaged in laboratory testing.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze laboratory findings.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Communicate detailed medical information to patients or family members.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Cultivate micro-organisms for study, testing, or medical preparations.
  • Determine protocols for medical procedures.
  • Develop healthcare quality and safety procedures.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Prepare medical supplies or equipment for use.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Biochemistry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Biomedical Laboratory Science (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Blood Bank (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Clinical Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Hematology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Microbiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Biomedical Laboratory, Toxicologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Laboratory (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Entomology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hemodialysis/Apheresis Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician, Advanced (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Medical Technologist (Navy - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Technologist (Navy - Warrant Officer only)
  • Microbiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Biochemistry Technologist
  • Immunohematologist
  • Medical Technologist
  • Medical Technologist, Chief
  • Medical Technologist, Teaching Supervisor
  • Microbiology Technologist