What does a Medical Laboratory Assistant do?

As a Lab Assistant (in a hospital) you will follow instructions and safety protocols in handling blood borne pathogens. You will collect and process specimens from patients to assist medical personnel. You will maintain a safe environment and document any abnormalities in the manner proscribed by the facility.

You could be the ideal candidate if you have a GED or H.S. diploma, are a certified lab assistant per state requirements and have at least a year of experience in a lab environment. You will be standing for long periods of time and be expected to participate in all training provided and adhere to all safety protocols. Before an offer of employment can be extended you must be able to pass a background check and drug screen.

  • Follow all safety guidelines when using lab equipment
  • Wear personal protective equipment at all times
  • Document any blood borne pathogens incidents
  • Clean up any blood borne pathogens per protocol
  • Follow chain of custody protocols
  • Follow written and verbal orders given by the doctor or other medical professional
  • Carefully note outcomes from tests
  • Order supplies
  • Certified as a Lab Assistant, per the state requirements
  • 1-3 years of experience in a lab environment
  • Ability to pass a drug screen
  • Ability to pass a background check
  • Reliable transportation
  • Willing to participate in training as provided by organization
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Follow all safety protocols
  • Keen attention to detail when conducting tests and documenting results
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.6 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Medical Laboratory Assistant Salaries

Average Base Pay

£20,552 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: £21K
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Medical Laboratory Assistant Career Path

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27 Sep 2021

“Work life balance is difficult to have because of the high backlog we currently have.”

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27 Dec 2020

“Everyone is very nice and great to work with.”

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15 Aug 2019

“The people who work here are extremely nice and good to work with.”

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27 Apr 2021

“The people are super smart and enjoyable to work with.”

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17 Mar 2021

“The team is nice and fun to work with.”

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15 Jul 2021

“not great pay but not much effort”

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17 Sep 2021

“Low pay but good for a start”

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31 Aug 2020

“Working as a lab assistant in media development helps me get experience while taking classes at the university”

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