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How to Get a Job as a Clinical Laboratory Technician

Making connections during education and training programs is one of the most effective ways to land a clinical laboratory technician job. Cathy Otto, former president of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, says becoming a member of a professional organization offers excellent networking opportunities that will increase your chances of getting hired. For clinical laboratory technologists, Otto recommends taking writing and speech courses in addition to the standard curriculum offered in the programs. Technologists with superior communication skills will have more opportunities to transition into supervisory roles throughout the course of their careers.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Clinical Lab Techs

"How would we benefit by hiring you?" - Henry Ford Health System Medical Laboratory Technician Candidate (Location Unknown)

"Did you ever notice anyone that was doing something wrong or incorrectly? What did you do?" - DuPont Laboratory Technician Candidate (Location Unknown)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility fair Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

There are few lulls in hospital laboratories. Most of the time, clinical laboratory technicians are on the move, performing a test here and analyzing a fluid sample there. Otto says that while the job keeps people busy, it is not overwhelming. She says the pace depends on the time of day (mornings are busiest) and size of the laboratory (smaller operations are typically less demanding). To work in this environment, Otto says a person must have “good attention to detail and follow through, the ability to think on their feet, plan, organize and problem solve.” Most technicians work 40 hours per week, with some working night shifts and weekends. At larger hospitals, holiday shifts are usually rotated among staff members, so most technicians end up working a few holidays each year.

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