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Pathology Laboratory Technician

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Helps with the performance of laboratory tests in laboratories that specify in pathology, or medical patient diagnosis. Sets up, operates, and maintains laboratory equipment, makes observations, and calculates and records results.

Job Outlook

There were 115 Pathology Laboratory Technician job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 5014 in the United States.

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

Salary

Many new Pathology 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 $45,218.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $44,136.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Pathology Laboratory Technician postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $32,618.

Education and Experience

Posted Pathology 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 Degree18%
Master's Degree12%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other62%

Posted Pathology 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 years76%
3 to 5 years23%
6 to 8 years1%
9+ years0%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Pathology 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 (30%)
  • Organizational Skills (22%)
  • Computer Literacy (17%)
  • Problem Solving (16%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (16%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Pathology (97%)
  • Quality Assurance and Control (28%)
  • Phlebotomy (28%)
  • Laboratory Testing (22%)
  • Specimen Collection (21%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Laboratory Equipment (19%)
  • Data Entry (16%)
  • Patient Care (15%)
  • Customer Service (12%)
  • Scheduling (11%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Tissue Preparation (6%)
  • Prepare Compounds and Reagents (6%)
  • Blood Draws (4%)
  • Blood Collection (4%)
  • Microscopic Examination (4%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Laboratory Assistant
  • Pathologist Assistant
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Pathologist' Assistant
  • Laboratory Assistant II

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 Pathology Laboratory Technician jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Sonic Healthcare Usa (230)
  • Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (195)
  • Adventhealth (100)
  • Hospital Corporation of America (89)
  • Trinity Health (75)

North Carolina

  • Wakemed (10)
  • East Carolina University (8)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (8)
  • Kindred Healthcare Incorporated (7)
  • University of North Carolina (4)

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!