Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. Medical technologists (MT), also referred to as clinical laboratory scientists (CLS), clinical laboratory technicians or medical laboratory technicians (MLT), perform most of these tests.
The Department of Labor (DOL) states:
- Clinical laboratory technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a post-secondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed
- Employment of medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions through laboratory procedures. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians will be needed to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment
- Job opportunities are expected to be excellent.
Further, DOL employment statistics say clinical laboratory technologists and technicians held about 330,600 jobs in 2010. More than half of jobs were in hospitals. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.
Program of study
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