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Clinical Laboratory Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

In a clinical laboratory setting, helps with the performance of laboratory tests in toxicology, chemistry, hematology, immunology, and microbiology laboratories, which provide information for medical patient diagnosis and treatment. Sets up, operates, and maintains laboratory equipment, makes observations, and calculates and records results; receives, types, tests, and records blood bank inventories.

Job Outlook

There were 764 Clinical Laboratory Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8558 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Laboratory Technician industry, which includes the Clinical Laboratory Technician career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Clinical Laboratory Technician jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $38,786.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $37,122.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Clinical Laboratory Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $32,501.

Education and Experience

Posted Clinical Laboratory Technician 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.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree8%
Bachelor's Degree12%
Master's Degree2%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other77%

Posted Clinical Laboratory Technician 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 ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years86%
3 to 5 years13%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years0%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Clinical Laboratory Technician 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.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (28%)
  • Computer Literacy (24%)
  • Troubleshooting (16%)
  • Organizational Skills (16%)
  • English (14%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Phlebotomy (46%)
  • Patient Care (27%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (25%)
  • Specimen Collection (23%)
  • Data Entry (22%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Customer Service (13%)
  • Clerical Duties (12%)
  • Scheduling (12%)
  • Life Support (12%)
  • Infection Control (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Patient Transportation and Transfer (6%)
  • Point-of-Care Testing (6%)
  • Clinical Pathology (6%)
  • Specimen Preparation (5%)
  • Blood Draws (5%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Clinical Laboratory Technician skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Clinical Laboratory Assistant
  • Clinical Technician
  • Health Technician Telehealth Clinical
  • Clinical Laboratory Assistant I

Similar Occupations

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.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Clinical Laboratory Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Ascension Health (406)
  • Department of Veterans Affairs (380)
  • Cleveland Clinic (216)
  • Duke University (144)
  • Atrium Health (129)

North Carolina

  • Duke University (144)
  • UNC Health Care System (115)
  • Atrium Health (67)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (31)
  • Duke Global Health Institute (29)

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!