A medical/clinical laboratory supervisor is responsible for managing all aspects of the lab, including ensuring quality control and that proper protocols are being followed. They compile data and ensure it is collected following approved protocols. Supervising and managing technicians is a prominent part of the job. Laboratory supervisors are also responsible for scheduling staff, scheduling procedures and trials, making reports to various entities within the organization, and ordering supplies. They also ensure the facility is clean and adheres to regulatory guidelines. These supervisors may also be required to work with test subjects and patients.
Hospitals and private companies are typical employers of medical/clinical laboratory supervisors. Hospitals generally deal with patients, while the private companies are focused more on individual trials and getting products to market.
Most laboratory supervisors have a background working in laboratories as a technician or research assistant. Employers typically prefer a bachelor's degree in a related field (such as medical technology), and previous experience supervising others in a lab setting is preferred. Laboratory supervisor positions may require certifications such as Registered Medical Technologist or Medical Lab Technologist certification with the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Supervising a laboratory within the medical field requires a strict attention to detail, excellent organizational skills, and good interpersonal abilities. Strong computer skills are essential, as laboratory supervisors use computers to access databases, prepare reports, and create schedules.
Laboratory Supervisor, Medical / Clinical Tasks
Assign, oversee and supervise all phases of work, quality, service, and costs of the lab.
Run and direct experiments / studies and supervise employees.
Maintain and monitor all laboratory instruments.