Career of the Week in Healthcare Management: Director of Clinical Laboratories

In this weekly feature, the editors of SpringBoard highlight one career in the health care professions–including a basic description, educational requirements, core competencies/key skills needed, and related web sites and professional organizations where you can find more information!

101 Careers in Healthcare Management JOB DESCRIPTION

The Director of Clinical Laboratories is generally responsible for all operational aspects of the clinical laboratory. Additional duties may include ordering of supplies, scheduling patients, cross-training staff, scheduling staff, budget preparation, hiring new/open positions, as well as ensuring that services provided through the clinical laboratory are of the highest quality possible.


Bachelor’s degree in medical technology or equivalent is required along with current state licensure as a medical technologist. A minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in supervisory position in a clinical laboratory is required. Many hospitals prefer persons with master’s-level preparation in business or health administration.


  • Outstanding interpersonal skills including the ability to effectively communicate with persons throughout the organization
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrable knowledge of healthcare industry trends and hospital
  • business structure
  • Ability to build and maintain appropriate peer relationships to facilitate organizational objectives
  • Ability to drive the development of major strategic and capital projects and determine volume projections for inpatient and outpatient services. Facilitate annual strategic review and goal setting process
  • Participate in hospital’s master space plan development, hospital budget development, and provide data support on scheduled and ad hoc projects
  • Experience in leading and motivating work teams with the intent to create and articulate a vision and direction.
  • Ability to inspire, encourage, and influence others toward a shared vision and optimal outcomes
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly understand an issue, identify alternatives, quantify and assess, and objectively present recommendations that are in the best interest of the system, the region, and the hospital
  • Ability to facilitate group discussions and to work broadly with administration, hospital, and medical staff
  • Capable of analyzing financial, volume, and market data


Directors of Clinical Laboratories earn in the range of $80,000 to $120,000 although the total salary will vary depending on the size and location of the hospital, and the education and experience of the candidate.


It is projected that there will be a continuing, stable demand for Directors of Clinical Laboratories at hospitals across the United States. These are positions that initially require training and experience as a licensed laboratory technologist. A growing number of hospitals are discovering that training and experience in the lab are not enough in order to effectively run the managerial elements of the lab and are seeking persons who have management training.


Clinical Laboratory Management Association

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