Medical Laboratory Technician Careers
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for medical and clinical laboratory technicians are expected to grow by 16% between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. This field will continue to expand due to an increase in population and the development of new types of tests.
While hospitals will continue to be the major employer in this field, clinical laboratory technicians will also find a growing number of opportunities in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and other walk-in healthcare facilities. Manufacturers of home diagnostic testing kits and laboratory equipment and supplies also seek experienced technicians to work in product development, marketing, and sales.
Professionals in this field work in well-lit, clean environments. Work hours for clinical laboratory technicians vary greatly. In large hospitals or in independent laboratories that operate continuously, personnel usually work the day, evening, or night shift and may work weekends and holidays. Laboratory personnel in small facilities may work on rotating shifts, rather than on a regular shift. In some facilities, laboratory personnel are on call several nights a week or on weekends, in case of an emergency.
By going on to get a bachelor’s degree and gaining more experience, technicians can advance their careers and become technologists. Technologists can hold supervisory positions in a laboratory setting or become laboratory managers in hospitals.
Medical Laboratory Technician Salary
While incomes vary depending on experience, employer and location, the median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technicians were $35,380 in May, 2008:
- The lowest 10% earned less than $23,480
- The middle 50% earned between $28,420 and $44,310
- The highest 10% earned more than $53,520
Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of medical and clinical laboratory technicians were:
- General medical and surgical hospitals $36,840
- Colleges, universities, and professional schools $36,290
- Office of physicians $33,980
- Medical and diagnostic laboratories $32,630
- Other ambulatory health services $31,320
The information below reflects aggregated data from all of the Herzing University campuses that have students enrolled in the specified program in the specified time period. The information does not reflect data regarding individual campuses unless only one campus had students to report. The reporting period used to obtain this data was 7/1/2012-6/30/2013. If there were less than 10 graduates in a program, median loan debt and on-time completion data were not disclosed for that program to protect the privacy of those students. Tuition and length may vary by campus location. Ranges could not be input for tuition and length, therefore tuition and length reported are the highest tuition rates and longest program length to encompass all campuses. For information regarding specific campus tuition please refer to http://www.herzing.edu/tuition-financial-aid . For a more detailed description of how the data was calculated please refer to the Disclosure Methodology located here http://www.herzing.edu/files/2014Disclosures-Methodology.pdf .
ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE & ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Graduates of the Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technician program at the Akron Campus of Herzing University meet the educational requirements to be eligible to take the following certification examinations:
- Medical Laboratory Technician Certification offer by American Medical Technologists
- Medical Laboratory Technician offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology