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Oswego Career Ladders - Clinical Lab

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Clinical Lab

High School Plus Training

Morgue Attendant - Prepares bodies, specimens of human organs, and morgue room to assist pathologists in postmortem examinations. Average salary $27,407/yr.

Clinical Lab Assistant - Performs routine medical laboratory tests for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Tasks include conducting quantitative and qualitative chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood, urine, and spinal fluid, incubating bacteria for specified period and preparing vaccines and serums by standard laboratory methods and performing blood counts, using a microscope. Average wage $14-$16/hr.

Phlebotomist - A Phlebotomist is trained to collect blood and process the sample. Because they collect blood and are at risk of exposure to a variety of diseases, phlebotomists are trained in laboratory safety and must adhere to very strict policies and procedures. Average salary is $20,200/yr.

Two Years of Education or an Associates Degree


Medical Laboratory Technician - Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory personnel examine and analyze body fluids, tissues, and cells. They look for bacteria, parasites, and other microorganisms; analyze the chemical content of fluids; match blood for transfusions; and test for drug levels in the blood to show how a patient is responding to treatment. Average salary $29,040/yr.

Histotechnician

Medical Laboratory Technologist and Cyto-Technologists

Bachelors Degree or Higher

Histotechnologist - Experienced laboratory personnel that prepare human or animal tissue samples for microscopic examination. These samples are used for diagnosing disease, conducting research, and teaching medical personnel. Average salary $31,500/yr.

* All wages and salaries based on 2002 statistics.