How to Hire a Lab Assistant

Does your growing business need a lab assistant? A lab assistant performs important lab activities ranging from sampling, testing the samples, measuring with normal range, recording result, analyzing and coordinating with the doctors and nurses.

Here are some tips to help you find great lab assistant candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Lab Assistants search for Jobs on Indeed*

384,829

job seekers clicked on lab assistant jobs

55%

of clicks came from mobile devices

3,659

lab assistant jobs that received clicks

Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $13.15 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$27.00 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$27.00

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Lab Assistant?

The key responsibility areas of a Lab Assistant include performing designated laboratory tests and ensuring pre and post analysis, collecting and preparing different samples for routine and advanced examination, report generation and analysis.

Contributions of a great Lab Assistant include:

• Perform different lab tests as per the laid down quality and regulatory standards
• Collect and prepare different samples like blood, tissue, urine, stool and carrying out the routine and advanced test as per specified guidelines
• Perform their job role as per the prescribed health & safety regulations

Skills to look for in a great Lab Assistant

A lab assistant is a vital team member of a clinical laboratory. In their daily schedule, they ensure all the collection, sampling, testing, analysis and report generation is done timely and accurately.

• Bachelor’s in Medical Technology, Biology or any related field
• Relevant license or certification required for the profession
• Demonstrated work experience as a Lab Assistant or in a similar role
• Strong analytical skills with great attention to details
• Ensure the confidentiality standard is maintained as prescribed in the laboratory
• Effective verbal and written communication skills

Writing a Lab Assistant job description

A Lab Assistant job description should consist of defined job duties with clear role summaries, required experience and skill set

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for Lab Assistant jobs, such as:

• Lab Assistant
• Senior Lab Assistant
• Laboratory Assistant

Interviewing Lab Assistant candidates

It’s vital to test a candidate’s experience in a similar role by asking relevant questions related to the previous job roles.

• Procedures followed in collecting different samples
• Knowledge in handling laboratory equipment
• Which steps do they follow in their daily work to ensure the health and safety guidelines followed

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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