Clinical Laboratory Technicians (formerly Medical Laboratory Technicians) (CLTs) perform tests on blood, body fluids, and tissue to help the physician diagnose and treat disease. They often work under the supervision of a clinical laboratory scientist using microscopes, computers, and other laboratory equipment to gather data and help in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Their duties include collecting blood specimens, carrying out testing procedures using a variety of instruments, monitoring the quality of tests and procedures, and reporting results.
Most Clinical Laboratory Technicians work in hospital laboratories under the supervision of clinical laboratory scientists.
Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.
Clinical Laboratory Technicians must have an associate degree from an accredited community college, including one year of clinical education. In addition, they must pass an exam given by one of these agencies: the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists of the American Society of Clinical Pathologists, the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel, or American Medical Technologists.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Medical Technologists
10700 West Higgins, Suite 150
Rosemont, IL 60018
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
1861 International Drive, Suite 200
McLean, VA 22102
American Society of Clinical Pathology
33 West Monroe Street, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60603