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Saving lives behind the scenes

Clinical and medical laboratories are often unseen by patients, but still deliver critical care.

A medical laboratory or clinical laboratory is a laboratory where tests are done on clinical specimens like blood or urine in order to get information about the health of a patient.  The lab results are used to determine the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Careers in Medical Laboratories

Careers in medical laboratories are changing quickly with new diagnostic technology, the integration of electronic medical records, and efforts by hospitals to increase the efficiency of labs.

  • Medical Lab Technicians
  • Medical Lab Technologists

What is it like to work in a laboratory?

Clinical and medical laboratories are found in hospitals, research and testing facilities and outpatient facilities. Before deciding to work in a lab, you should understand that:

  • Strong science, technology and math skills are critical. As in almost all medical careers, STEM¬†skills are extremely important, especially as a career advances
  • Teamwork is important. Even though lab workers do not often have direct patient contact, they still support and interact with co-workers on a daily basis.


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This website was funded in part by Workforce STAT (Skills, Talent, Awareness, Training): Transforming Regional Capacity for Healthcare Education, Grant # CB18820. Workforce STAT was a $1.66 million Community Based Job Training Initiative through the U.S. Department of Labor. The website is also funded in part by a Healthcare Skills Gap Partnership grant through the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development. The grant program was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and administered by Commonwealth Corporation.