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Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Salary: $26.80-$32.72 hourly / $4,661-$5,690 monthly / Range: 5926

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, conducts a variety of standardized clinical laboratory tests within a specialized area (such as chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunohematology, or urinalysis) and/or across specialty lines, using manual or instrumental methodology in accordance with all regulatory agency requirements; and performs related duties as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Clinical Laboratory Scientist is the fully qualified, licensed journey-level classification. It is distinguished from the Clinical Laboratory Scientist, Senior by its responsibility for conducting more routine laboratory testing.


1. Performs a variety of standardized chemical, microscopic, and bacteriological tests; participates on sample collection teams, including collecting blood, urine and other samples; counsels patients on pre-test requirements and answers patient questions regarding testing.
2. Evaluates the validity of results obtained, maintains proper records of results and creates a report of results; ensures that testing methods follow established quality control procedures; and assists with the preparation of statistical laboratory reports.
3. Prepares and maintains reagents and supplies; performs maintenance on laboratory equipment; maintains laboratory in a clean and orderly condition.
4. Uses the laboratory computer systems to enter testing data, create reports of testing results and look up test results for physicians.


Possession of a valid Clinical Laboratory Scientist License issued by the State of California Department of Health, Laboratory Field Services.

Additional Requirements: May required to travel occasionally to other County locations. Possession of a valid California Class C Driver's License may be required.

Knowledge of: standard laboratory techniques, equipment, and terminology; standardized tests performed in an approved laboratory; standard laboratory operating procedures; laboratory safety practices; laboratory computer systems; standard word processing and spreadsheet software.

Ability to: make routine laboratory examinations; follow written and oral instructions; maintain proper test records and make appropriate reports; work with patience, caution, and accuracy; maintain effective working relationships with others; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; ability to collect various samples safely and effectively from patients; interact effectively with patients and explain clinical information to patients in an understandable way.

Desirable Qualification: Registration as a Medical Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists is highly desirable.

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