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Role & Responsibilities
• A lab manager oversees the work activities in her laboratory and ensures lab technicians follow prescribed and generally stringent policies and procedures in testing samples.
• He/ She is required to provide guidance to newer technicians and help them resolve challenges they may encounter with samples or equipment operation.
• The job also requires regular interaction with physicians and medical support personnel.
• A lab manager is expected to develop and implement new testing methods and enforce laboratory and testing safety guidelines.
• He/She frequently has to prepare an annual budget for approval by senior management.
Skills Skills, Knowledge, Qualifications & Experience
• Besides being an expert in medical laboratory testing and technology, a lab manager must be skilled at managing, supervising and motivating lab employees.
• The communication talents need to be superb to effectively communicate with her staff and other medical professionals.
• Proficiency in maintaining the instruments and controlling supply levels in the laboratory is required for this position.
• Competence in compiling and storing accurate test records with discretion is necessary.
• Being productive working independently or as part of a goal-oriented team is required to be a successful lab manager
• Depending on the employer, a lab manager may be required to have a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
• Preferred areas of concentration for these degrees include public health administration, biology, microbiology or medical technology.
• Some states compel lab managers to obtain licenses that require passing examinations.
• Knowledge gained in former medical testing or laboratory jobs is desirable.