Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Technician Stats

Have you looked into becoming a Medical or Clinical Laboratory Technologist or Technician? These positions are great for the traveling medical profession and we have open positions all the time. We are always looking for great talent to join our team!

Below you’ll find helpful statistics and descriptions on the Medical and Clinical Laboratory and Technician field:

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

Medical technologists, also known as clinical laboratory technologists, perform and analyze the results of complex scientific tests on blood and bodily fluids. These highly trained professionals work in hospitals and independent laboratories using sophisticated procedures and equipment. When test results are analyzed and completed, medical technologists collaborate with physicians or laboratory directors on patient data.

  • The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $59,430 in May 2014. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed
  • Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree
  • Number of Jobs, 2014 – 328,200
  • Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14% from 2014 to 2024
  • Medical laboratory technologists held about 164,800 jobs in 2014. The industries that employed the most medical laboratory technologists in 2014 were as follows:
    • Hospitals; state, local, and private – 58%
    • Medical and diagnostic laboratories – 17
    • Offices of physicians – 8
    • Colleges, universities, and professional schools; state, local, and private – 5

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Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians

Medical laboratory technicians play an important role in the prevention and diagnosis of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and AIDS. Medical lab technicians work under the supervision of a physician, lab manager or medical technologist and perform laboratory tests on specimens.

The tests that lab techs conduct assist doctors in verifying the causes of an illness, making medical decisions and determining treatment options. Some of the areas in which medical lab technicians may specialize include:

  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Blood banking
  • Immunology
  • Clinical chemistry
  • Molecular biology
  • Cytotechnology
  • The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technicians was $38,370 in May 2014.
  • Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.
  • Employment of Medical and clinical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 18 percent from 2014 to 2024.
  • Medical laboratory technicians held about 163,400 jobs in 2014.
  • Clinical Laboratory Technicians rank #14 in Best Health Care Support Jobs.
  • The BLS reports that the median salary for clinical laboratory technicians was $38,370 in 2014.
  • The best-paid 10 percent in the profession made approximately $59,750, while the bottom 10 percent made approximately $25,500.
  • In 2014, clinical laboratory technicians made more than medical assistants ($31,220) and paramedics ($35,110) in 2014.
  • Top-paying metropolitan areas for this occupation include Providence, Rhode Island; San Francisco; and San Jose, California.

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