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Medical/Clinical Laboratory Technician
$33,363 – $50,107
Associate's degree; state-issued license required
A medical lab technician (or clinical lab technician) performs routine tests in a medical laboratory for use in treatment and diagnosis of disease. They prepare vaccines and serums for prevention of disease. A medical lab technician also prepares tissue samples for pathologists and performs medical laboratory tests like urine analysis and blood counts. A medical lab technician uses microscopes, chemicals, complex precision instruments and computers to do their work.
A medical lab technician or clinical lab technician works in hospitals or independent laboratories.
A medical lab technician or clinical lab technician is required to earn an associate's degree. They are licensed by the State of California Department of Public Health.