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
- Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. An increase in the aging population is expected to lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type 2 diabetes, 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 335,700 jobs in 2016. More than half of jobs were in hospitals. Most of the remaining jobs were in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories.
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