Clinical pathology technician - Salary and Career
Health lab and blood bank technicians

Clinical pathology technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They analyze biological material from patients and donors, receiving and preparing samples according to specific protocols. Operate, check and calibrate analytical and support equipment. Technicians in clinical pathology and hemotherapy can perform collection of biological material. They work according to technical standards and procedures of good practices, quality and biosafety. They mobilize oral and written communication skills to make records, dialogue with the work team and guide patients and donors.

How much does an Clinical pathology technician earn

A Clinical pathology technician earns between $1.204 and $3.858 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.832 and a median salary of $1.582 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 21.614 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Clinical pathology technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.832 21.990 458 9
1º Quartile 1.204 14.449 301 6
Median Salary 1.582 18.984 396 8
3º Quartile 2.942 35.304 735 15
Higher Salary 3.858 46.291 964 19

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • health lab and blood bank technicians

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Main workplaces

Health lab and blood bank technicians they work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, blood banks and public health services. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, who work in closed environments, and some, on a rotating shift basis. As a rule, they work individually under the supervision of higher-level professionals, such as biochemists, biomedical doctors, doctors, etc. In some of the activities carried out, they are exposed to toxic material, radiation and biological risk.

What does it take to work in the field of Health lab and blood bank technicians

For the exercise of the occupations of this occupational family, a professional technical course is required offered by professional training institutions and technical schools. The full performance of the activities requires experience of less than one year.

Functions and activities of Clinical pathology technician

Health lab and blood bank technicians must:

  • analyze biological material;
  • operate analytical and support equipment;
  • working with safety and quality;
  • collect biological material;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • work with safety and quality;
  • receive biological material;
  • communicate;
  • work with safety and quality;
  • prepare biological material sample;

  • Activities

    • demonstrate commitment;
    • track neoplastic cells;
    • submit periodic health checks;
    • clean equipment and bench;
    • control stock, validity and batch of inputs;
    • perform pre-transfusion tests;
    • demonstrate logical reasoning ability;
    • filter blood bag;
    • perform asepsis in the collection region;
    • disinfect instruments and equipment;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe) and collective (epc);
    • test antimicrobial sensitivity;
    • prepare solutions and reagents;
    • identify microorganisms;
    • monitor internal quality of cytological smear;
    • select sample preparation technique;
    • spin samples;
    • isolate microorganisms;
    • sequence samples;
    • forward exams to the person in charge;
    • take vaccinations;
    • amplify nucleic acid;
    • package sample for transport;
    • irradiate blood components;
    • compare the exam result with previous results;
    • observe patient/donor reaction;
    • prepare patient/donor for collection or donation;
    • demonstrate olfactory ability;
    • make slides (smear);
    • serve patient/donor;
    • wash red blood cells;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • administer glucose solution to the patient;
    • reject non-compliant biological material;
    • provide container to patient;
    • compare the test result with the patient's clinical data;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • analyze exam results;
    • transcribe observed results;
    • record exam procedures;
    • puncture veins;
    • manage time;
    • prepare glucose (dextrose) solution;
    • dilute biological material;
    • sample pipette;
    • participate in the development and implementation of new exam techniques;
    • provide statistical data;
    • perform blood transfusion;
    • supervise auxiliary staff activities;
    • inactivate biological material;
    • confront biological material with the order;
    • request authorization from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • supervise the activities of auxiliary staff;
    • program equipment;
    • write down the medication the patient/donor is taking;
    • homogenize samples;
    • process blood components;
    • quantify microorganisms or antibodies or substances through dosages;
    • request new collection;
    • subject samples to heat sources;
    • separate biological materials from the sample;
    • dialogue with the donor;
    • place preservatives in samples;
    • perform internal quality control;
    • work as a team;
    • scrape mucous membranes, nails and skin;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • aliquot samples and/or blood bags;
    • store biological material;
    • stain slides;
    • submit periodic health examinations;
    • applying complementary biosafety standards;
    • care for patient/donor;
    • ask for guidance from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • wash blood bag;
    • sieve biological material;
    • adjust equipment;
    • check equipment operation and suitability;
    • dose volumetry of reagents and solutions for exams;
    • deproteinize samples;
    • discard chemical and biological waste;
    • control equipment temperature;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • search for biochemical or genetic or hormonal or cytological material from the sample;
    • demonstrate ability to discriminate colors;
    • advise patient/donor on material collection procedures;
    • check the conditions of the biological material;
    • perform donor pre-screening;
    • compare results with normality parameters;
    • perform macroscopic analysis;
    • check patient/donor preparation;
    • identify the biological material of the patient/donor;
    • request preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment;
    • apply complementary biosafety standards;
    • train auxiliary staff;
    • introduce samples into the equipment;
    • distribute material to each sector;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • perform microscopic analysis;
    • package material for disposal;
    • check exam order;
    • perform immunohematological tests;
    • record the collection action;

    Sectors that hire Clinical pathology technician the most in the job market

    • clinical laboratories
    • hospital care activities
    • service activities in emergency room and hospital units for emergency care
    • pathological and cytological anatomy laboratories
    • temporary labor lease
    • complementary diagnostic and therapeutic services activities
    • hemotherapy services
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • health management support activities
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations

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