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The medical laboratory scientist is qualified by academic and applied science education to provide service and research in clinical laboratory science and related areas in rapidly changing and dynamic healthcare delivery systems. Medical laboratory scientists perform, develop, evaluate, correlate, and assure the accuracy and validity of laboratory information; direct and supervise clinical laboratory resources and operations; and collaborate in diagnosing and treating patients. The medical laboratory scientist has diverse and multilevel functions in the principles, methodologies, and performance of assays; problem-solving; troubleshooting techniques; interpretation and evaluation of clinical procedures and results; statistical approaches to data evaluation; principles and practices of quality assurance/quality improvement; and continuous assessment of laboratory services for all major areas practiced in the contemporary clinical laboratory. Medical laboratory scientists possess the skills necessary for the clinical laboratory's financial, operations, marketing, and human resource management.

Medical laboratory scientists practice independently and collaboratively, responsible for their actions, as defined by profession. They have the requisite knowledge and skills to educate laboratory professionals, other health care professionals, and others in laboratory practice and the public.

The ability to relate to people, a capacity for calm and reasoned judgment, and demonstrating a commitment to the patient are essential qualities. Communications skills extend to consultative interactions with health care team members, external relations, customer service, and patient education.

Medical laboratory scientists demonstrate ethical and moral attitudes and principles that are necessary for gaining and maintaining the confidence of patients, professional associates, and the community.



The average salary for a medical laboratory scientist in the United States is $70,457, with a salary range between $56,955 and $80,851.