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Clinical Laboratory Scientist (71E)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • Entry Level

Overview

Clinical laboratory scientists are primarily responsible for the scientific research of body fluids that can help prevent disease. As an officer on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll have the opportunity to enhance your skills while conducting research that supports our national defense.

Job Duties

  • Supervise tests, provide consultation/expert advice and conduct research
  • Manage laboratory operations such as blood banks and their fiscal/personnel resources
  • Serve in section, branch, department or as a division chief in various laboratories

Requirements

Active Duty

  • Bachelor’s degree in medical technology or biological sciences from an accredited program acceptable to the Surgeon General
  • A certification acceptable to the Army Surgeon general
  • At least one year of clinical laboratory experience in a Department of Defense health care
  • Current, unrestricted license for practice
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
  • Must be a U.S. citizen

Army Reserve

  • Master’s degree or Ph.D. in medical technology, biochemistry, physiology, chemistry, toxicology, clinical microbiology, parasitology, immunology, molecular biology, research psychology or a related field
  • Must be between 21 and 42 years of age (may request a waiver)
  • A certification acceptable to the Army Surgeon general
  • Permanent U.S. residency

Training

Job training for medical service corps officers includes completing an Officer Basic Leadership Course, which introduces you to the Army Health Care system, Army doctrine and basic Soldier/leader skills.

Helpful Skills

  • Ability to make accurate, immediate decisions
  • Perform under stress
  • Apply critical technical and thinking skills
  • Tremendous concentration

Compensation

Active Duty
In addition to the many privileges that come from being on the U.S. Army health care team, you’ll also be rewarded with:

  • May receive pay for continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits with 20 years of qualifying service
  • No-cost or low-cost medical and dental care for you and your family

Army Reserve

  • May receive pay for continuing education
  • Noncontributory retirement benefits at age 60 with 20 years of qualifying service
  • Flexible, portable retirement savings and investment plan similar to a 401(k)

Education Benefits

In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses. Learn more about education.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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  • GE Healthcare
  • Cleveland Clinic
  • Mercy Medical Center

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