Job Spotlight: Medical Lab Technician

Explore a career as a medical lab technician!

Despite already having experience with several jobs, many working adults are unable to answer the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Our Job Spotlight monthly blog series is designed to help answer that question. In this series, we review all the basics of specific jobs, from pay and duties, to why people do the jobs they do.

Medical Lab Technician

In this month’s Job Spotlight, we’re learning what it means to be a medical lab technician.

Required Education: Generally, an associate’s degree.


Although pay varies depending on a variety of factors (e.g. experience, industry, geographic area, etc.), substitute medical lab technicians make an average of $52,330.

What Medical Lab Technicians Do:

Medical Lab Technicians deal with a variety of responsibilities, including:

  • Conducting tests and forwarding results to requesting physicians
  • Keeping track of test result records
  • Maintaining testing instruments to ensure quality control
  • Generally collecting and interpreting data
  • Preparing and storing specimens
  • Interacting with and frequently explaining procedures and testing to patients and clients

What Institutions Look for in Medical Lab Technicians:

Every position is different, but many labs need the following skills and attributes:

  • Communication skills
  • Patience
  • Ability to maintain patient confidentiality
  • Strong reasoning and reading comprehension skills
  • Problem-solving and critical thinking skills

Not sure where to find a position like this?

We can help.

Headquartered in Oklahoma City, OK, Express Employment Professionals is a leading staffing provider in the U.S. and Canada. If you have any questions about Medical Lab Technician jobs in your area or job search in general, contact your local Express office,  download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

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