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Clinical support worker job description

Updated February 21, 2017

Hospitals, clinical research centres and other medical institutions sometimes need a lot of manpower in order to carry out many of the daily operations. Many talented professionals can find work in the health care field without a medical degree by finding work as a clinical support worker. These workers often perform many of the same tasks performed by physicians, such as analysing blood samples. It is a fantastic way to get started in the medical field.

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Clinical support workers assist physicians and scientists in treating patients and developing cures for diseases. These physician assistants handle lab specimens, analyse fluids and tissues, ensure laboratory supplies are stocked, thoroughly sterilise the laboratory equipment, operate many of the pieces of diagnostic equipment, prepare chemical solutions, perform data entry into the electronic databases and ensure that all hazardous materials are disposed of. This clinical support worker plays many of the research and diagnostic roles in the laboratory, such as examining chemical reactions, studying the structure of diseases, studying the immune system, analysing the blood diseases and evaluating cell structure.


The work environment of the clinical support worker is mostly in a laboratory. Clinical support workers handle hazardous materials. They also sometimes work with patients who have communicable diseases. However, careful safety precautions can keep the worker safe. While some clinical support workers work part time, the Bureau of Labor statistics reports that most of these workers work 40 hours a week.


Sometimes, clinical support workers receive all of their training on the job. Having knowledge of medical terminology and having experience in a laboratory can help the clinical support worker find work. However, there are also two-year associate degree programs that clinical support workers can complete. These workers need to have good interpersonal skills since they work directly with patients. They must respect the privacy of patients. They must also have good manual dexterity and eyesight, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Between 2008 and 2018, the need for clinical support workers such as clinical support workers is expected to grow by 34 per cent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Part of what drives the need for these workers is an increase in the number of incidents of diseases such as obesity and diabetes.


The median earnings for clinical support workers and other medical assistants were £18,395 in 2008. The highest 10 per cent earned more than £25,720, while the lowest 10 per cent earned less than £13,390.

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About the Author

Charles Pearson has written as a freelancer since 2009. He has a B.S. in literature from Purdue University Calumet and is currently working on his M.A. He has written the ebooks "Karate You Can Teach Your Kids," "Macadamia Growing Handout" and "The Raw Food Diet."

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