Career Opportunities

There is a critical shortage of clinical laboratory personnel and this shortage will likely become more acute in the future. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2010-2011 Occupational Outlook Handbook, excellent job opportunities can be expected in this field. In fact, employment opportunities are expected to grow by 14% through 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. A degree in MLS can create several career opportunities for the graduates. Graduates can be found working in a variety of areas including:

  • Hospitals, clinics, and reference laboratories

  • Specialty area of the laboratory (hematology, chemistry, blood bank, microbiology .. Etc.) 

  • Sales representative in lab industries

  • Academic medical centers/research

  • Laboratory information systems

  • Colleges and universities

  • Veterinary laboratories

  • Forensic laboratories

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technologists were $53,500 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $44,560 and $63,420. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $36,180, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $74,680. Likewise, the median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technicians were $35,380 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $28,420 and $44,310. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $23,480, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $53,520.

 

 

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