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Medical Laboratory Technician

This information is for reference only. These classifications are no longer valid and were replaced 7/1/2020.

  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • What will I be doing?
  • Do I qualify?
  • Can I be successful?
  • Benefits
  • How do I apply?
Class Number: 
Annual Salary Range:
$23,976.00 – $38,028.00
Twice-a-Month Salary Range:
$999.00 – $1,584.50
Pay Grade: 

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This is technical work preparing samples for analysis and performing medical and public health laboratory tests.

Job Duties

Collects urine, stool, sputum, and other samples for analysis as ordered by physicians; performs routine analyses of specimens.

Receives, counts, logs, and labels samples submitted to the laboratory for testing.

Prepares samples for analysis by racking, centrifuging, filtering, and weighing; distributes prepared samples to appropriate testing areas.

Pipettes serum samples onto testing plates and adds antigen or reagents in accordance with standard laboratory procedures; stirs, rocks, shakes, and incubates mixture for specified time; and reads test results in accordance with established parameters.

Maintains records and prepares reports of test results.

Prepares sample specimen kits and shipping boxes for mailing.

Calibrates equipment for laboratory tests by analyzing and verifying reference samples.

Cleans and sterilizes laboratory equipment and work areas.

Performs work in accordance with established rules and regulations; receives general supervision from a physician or other qualified professional medical staff.

Performs other related work duties as assigned.

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(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility and may be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)

An Associate’s or higher-level degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Medical Laboratory Science, Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, or a closely related field.


Certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician from an accredited education program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES); or the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).


Two or more years of technical experience in a medical, public health, or animal health laboratory performing a variety of routine laboratory test under the direction of a physician or qualified laboratory technician; and possession of a high school diploma or proof of high school equivalency.

Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.

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Key Skills

Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?

Intermediate knowledge of laboratory procedures, techniques, and equipment.

Intermediate knowledge of science terminology, concepts, and principles.

Introductory knowledge of blood-drawing techniques.

Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.

Ability to properly operate microscopes, centrifuges, autoclaves, sterilizers, or other laboratory equipment.

Ability to apply proper methods of handling and disposing of chemicals and infectious materials.

Ability to perform assigned tasks according to specific instructions and clearly prescribed procedures.

Ability to read, compare, identify, and record laboratory data accurately.

Ability to perform basic mathematics and make accurate measurements.

Ability to make observations and prepare accurate records of laboratory tests.

Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with other staff and health professionals.

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