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Clinical Laboratory Technologist (7928)

Clinical Laboratory Technologist

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: SV30
  • Class Code: 7928
  • Established: 12/18/1948
  • Revised: 03/19/1981
  • Title Changed: 08/08/1958


Under the supervision of a supervisory clinical laboratory technologist, to perform technical work in a clinical laboratory; and to do other related work.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The classes in the clinical laboratory technologist series differ in the following respects: Employees in the entering level class of Clinical Laboratory Technologist are fully qualified journeyperson workers performing all technical phases of clinical laboratory work, but ordinarily without responsibility for the laboratory program of the institution or clinic, or for the supervision of other technical workers. They work under the supervision of technologists of a higher grade.


The next higher class of Senior Clinical Laboratory Technologist includes those employees under general medical direction who are in charge of and perform technical work in a small clinical laboratory. Employees in this class may also work in a large clinical laboratory under the direction of a supervisory clinical laboratory technologist. Such employees are in charge of a specialized laboratory unit or act as general assistant to the supervisor and give technical supervision to other technologists.


The class of Supervising Clinical Laboratory Technologist includes employees who supervise a large laboratory, have program responsibility, direct the work of a technical staff, and perform the most difficult technical work.

Typical Tasks

Makes bacteriological analyses of specimens for suspected communicable diseases such as diphtheria, typhoid, tuberculosis, malaria, rabies, and syphilis; makes chemical analyses of blood and urine; prepares culture media, stains, reagents, and stock solutions; makes blood counts; sets up, operates, cleans, and cares for laboratory equipment and apparatus; sterilizes glass-ware, tubes, and instruments; makes fecal examinations; collects gastric specimens; prepares pathological tissue specimens; cares for guinea pigs, mice, and other laboratory animals; keeps records of tests made.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a clinical laboratory technologist's license or a similar license of equal or higher level issued by the State Department of Health Services. (Applicants who do not possess the required 1icense will be admitted to the examination but must secure the license before they will be considered eligible for appointment.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Principles and practices of clinical laboratory work and the use and care of laboratory equipment; preparation, mounting and staining of specimens; laboratory apparatus, serological, bacteriological, and biochemical tests and analyses, including Wassermann and Widal tests.


Skill in: Preparing, mounting, and staining specimens, reading tests and recognizing the normal and abnormal, setting up laboratory apparatus, and making quick and accurate serological, bacteriological, and biochemical tests and analyses, including Wassermann and Widal tests.


Ability to: Follow directions.

Special Personal Characteristics

Keenness of observation ; ability to distinguish colors, and freedom from communicable diseases.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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