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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians - 29-2012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Perform routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. May work under the supervision of a medical technologist.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Clinical Laboratory Technician (Clinical Lab Technician)
  • Laboratory Assistant (Lab Assistant)
  • Laboratory Technician (Lab Tech)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
  • Medical Laboratory Technicians (Medical Lab Technician)
  • Medical Technician

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Analyze and record test data to issue reports that use charts, graphs, or narratives.
  • Analyze the results of tests or experiments to ensure conformity to specifications, using special mechanical or electrical devices.
  • Collect blood or tissue samples from patients, observing principles of asepsis to obtain blood sample.
  • Conduct blood tests for transfusion purposes and perform blood counts.
  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Consult with a pathologist to determine a final diagnosis when abnormal cells are found.
  • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Perform medical research to further control or cure disease.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Set up, maintain, calibrate, clean, and test sterility of medical laboratory equipment.
  • Supervise or instruct other technicians or laboratory assistants.
  • Test raw materials, processes, or finished products to determine quality or quantity of materials or characteristics of a substance.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze laboratory findings.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Clean medical equipment or facilities.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues.
  • Cultivate micro-organisms for study, testing, or medical preparations.
  • Enter patient or treatment data into computers.
  • Inform medical professionals regarding patient conditions and care.
  • 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.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
  • 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)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Technician (Navy - 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 Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Medical Laboratory Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Microbiology (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Practical Nursing Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Special Forces Medical Sergeant (Army - Enlisted)
  • Urology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical-Laboratory Technician (Medical Laboratory Specialist)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Laboratory Assistant, Blood and Plasma
  • Laboratory Technician, Pharmaceutical
  • Medical-Laboratory Technician
  • Specimen Processor