Clinical Laboratory Specialist
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Collects and analyzes samples of body fluids, tissues, and other substances for diagnostic and research purposes. Works in a laboratory or healthcare facility. Specializes in specific types of tests including hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and urinalysis.
There were 39 Clinical Laboratory Specialist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1891 in the United States.
In combination with other careers in the Laboratory Technologist industry, which includes the Clinical Laboratory Specialist career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:
Many new Clinical Laboratory Specialist jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $56,233.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,280.
Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Clinical Laboratory Specialist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $46,614.
Education and Experience
Posted Clinical Laboratory Specialist jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.
Posted Clinical Laboratory Specialist jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|Years of Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||52%|
|3 to 5 years||43%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Clinical Laboratory Specialist positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (27%)
- Research (22%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
- Problem Solving (16%)
- Organizational Skills (14%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Quality Assurance and Control (35%)
- Chemistry (27%)
- Clinical Experience (25%)
- Microbiology (22%)
- Medical Technology (22%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Infection Control (15%)
- Patient Care (13%)
- Biology (12%)
- Immunology (12%)
- Vaccination (11%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Specimen Collection (7%)
- Phlebotomy (6%)
- Transfusion (5%)
- Laboratory Equipment (5%)
- Specimen Processing (4%)
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.
- Clinical Chemistry (2%) – marginal value $8,128
Alternative Job Titles
Sometimes employers post jobs with Clinical Laboratory Specialist skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:
- Cls II
- Medical Technologist/Mlt - Prn
- Medical Technologist/Mlt - *Sign On*
If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.
- Blood Bank Technologist
- Microbiology Medical Technologist
- Medical Technologist
- Pathology Technologist
- Medical Laboratory Technologist
- Pathology Laboratory Technician
- Clinical Laboratory Technician
- Medical Laboratory Scientist
Here are the employers that have posted the most Clinical Laboratory Specialist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- University Of California (150)
- Mercy (100)
- Prime Healthcare Services (51)
- University California Davis (43)
- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (38)
- First Health of the Carolinas (4)
- Creative Testing Solutions (4)
- Connected Health Care, Llc (3)
- Atrium Health (3)
- Wake Forest Baptist Health (2)
NC State Programs Relevant to this Career
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!
- Fundamentals of Entomology Undergraduate Certificates
- Health Physics Graduate Certificates
- Microbiology Undergraduate Certificates
- Textile Chemistry Master's Degrees