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Medical Laboratory Technologist

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Analyzes samples of body fluids, tissues, and other substances for diagnostic and research purposes within a medical laboratory or healthcare facility. Perform complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologic, microscopic, and bacteriologic tests. Looks for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms, tests for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment.

Job Outlook

There were 267 Medical Laboratory Technologist job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 8610 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Medical Laboratory Technologist 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 $59,472.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $52,924.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Medical Laboratory Technologist postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $52,193.

Education and Experience

Posted Medical Laboratory Technologist 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 Degree20%
Bachelor's Degree68%
Master's Degree3%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other8%

Posted Medical Laboratory Technologist 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 years80%
3 to 5 years15%
6 to 8 years4%
9+ years1%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Medical Laboratory Technologist 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.

  • Troubleshooting (21%)
  • Communication Skills (19%)
  • Problem Solving (14%)
  • Preventive Maintenance (12%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (10%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Quality Assurance and Control (38%)
  • Medical Technology (31%)
  • Laboratory Testing (25%)
  • Patient Care (21%)
  • Laboratory Procedures (11%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Chemistry (19%)
  • Biology (8%)
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (7%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Pathology (6%)
  • Prepare Compounds and Reagents (6%)
  • Clinical Pathology (5%)
  • Specimen Collection (5%)
  • Disease Treatment (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.

  • Catheterization Laboratory (CATH LAB) (4%) – marginal value $2,853

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Medical Technologist - Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Medical Technologist /Laboratory
  • Laboratory Technologist
  • Travel Mlt - Medical Laboratory Technologist

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 Medical Laboratory Technologist jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Laboratory Corporation of America (274)
  • Northwell Health (208)
  • Psg Global Solutions (159)
  • Connected Health Care, Llc (149)
  • Hartford Healthcare (131)

North Carolina

  • Laboratory Corporation of America (59)
  • Novant Health (19)
  • UNC Health Care System (15)
  • Eurofins Scientific (7)
  • University of North Carolina (5)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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