Clinical Laboratory Science

Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Average Salary: 
$53,000
Length of Education: 
4 years
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Clinical laboratory scientists are an essential part of the health care system, although few patients directly see their work. Clinical laboratory scientists are certified by the National Medical Laboratory Science Council or the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

Using advanced analytical equipment, clinical laboratory scientists perform a full range of tests that help physicians diagnose disease and manage medications.

Some examples of common laboratory tests are complete blood count (CBC), liver function tests (LFT), lipid profile, blood type, prenatal blood tests, and comprehensive metabolic panels.

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Clinical Laboratry Technician

Average Salary: 
$39,800
Length of Education: 
2 years
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Clinical laboratory technicians provide an essential role assisting in detecting and diagnosing disease and managing treatments, even though few patients directly encounter them.

Working in laboratory settings either in hospitals or outpatient clinics, clinical laboratory technicians collect samples, prepare tests, and maintain records to help clinical laboratory scientists perform advanced analysis on samples.

Some examples of common laboratory tests are complete blood count (CBC), liver function tests (LFT), lipid profile, blood type, prenatal blood tests, and comprehensive metabolic panels.

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Histotechnologist

Average Salary: 
$54,080
Length of Education: 
4 years
Degree type: 

Histotechnologists use the science of histology: the study of the cellular structure of cells, tissues, and organs through microscopic examination.

These members of the laboratory team will collect samples taken from surgeries, biopsies, or autopsies to collect tissue samples in order to create microscopic slides.

Using chemicals and scientific techniques, histotechnologists prepare slides to identify types of cancer, infections, or other diseases.

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