What is a Clinical Laboratory Scientist?
Clinical laboratory scientists are also known as medical and clinical laboratory technologists, lab technologists, medical laboratory scientists and medical technologists.
Medical Technologists prepare specimens for testing and microscopic examination. After testing and examining a specimen, they analyze the results and record the findings into a database. Technologists are responsible for effectively communicating test results to physicians or other laboratory personnel and health care providers. Typical duties include typing and cross-matching blood samples for transfusions; examining bodily fluids and tissue samples to determine the presence of bacteria, parasites, or other microorganisms. They also analyze samples for chemical content to determine concentrations of compounds, such as blood glucose and cholesterol levels. Medical Technologists develop and modify procedures as well as establish and monitor programs to ensure the accuracy of tests.” — California Occupational Guides
“I Am a Medical Laboratory Scientist,” Nick Corbin Productions
CLS Occupational Guides
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists, California Occupational Guide, Employment Development Department
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Articles & Reports
- The Missing Piece. Durrance, Bonnie. Northbay Biz, March 2011.
- Visit California Hospital Association.
- Staff Shortages in Labs May Put Patients at Risk. Landro, Laura. The Wall Street Journal, May 13, 2009.
- Visit ASCP website to get more information on Shortage: Laboratory Workforce Critical Values: News for the Entire Laboratory Team.
- Visit AACC website to get more information about Clinical Laboratory News.
- Health care – it's the hot field to find a job in: Demand is expected to grow 26% in 7 years. Colliver, Victoria. San Francisco Chronicle, Nov. 6, 2007.
- Hospitals put cash up front: Lab workers wanted. Thomas, Susan L. East Bay Business Times, April 7, 2006.