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New Jobs Prognosis - Strong & Growing

Much of the health care industry thrives on testing, analyzing and refining, and jobs for medical and clinical laboratory technologists are steadily increasing as a result.

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists perform and analyze complex chemical, biological, hematological, immunologist, microscopic, and bacteriological medical tests. While entry-level technologists usually perform routine tests, experienced technologists perform more specialized procedures. The outlook for these occupations is very good.

Workers are in high demand as the medical field continues to increase the use of laboratory testing for early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists earn good wages, averaging more than $60,000 a year.

 


The number of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists is expected to increase by 25.7% between 2012 and 2022.

The number of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists is expected to increase by 25.7% between 2012 and 2022.


Conservative estimates show the need for an additional 170 Medical Laboratory Technologists each year.

Conservative estimates show the need for an additional 170 Medical Laboratory Technologists each year.


Job opportunities are available in several different industries, with one half of Medical Laboratory Technologists working in hospitals.

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists earn good wages, averaging more than $56,000 a year.  Job opportunities are available in several different industries, with one half of medical and clinical laboratory technologists working in hospitals.


How do you become a Medical Laboratory Technologist?

Medical and clinical laboratory technologists generally are required to have a bachelor’s degree with a major in medical technology or in one of the life sciences. Degree programs require strengths in chemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics. It is also possible to qualify through a combination of education, on-the-job training and specialized training.

Many employers prefer applicants who are certified by a recognized professional association. The following agencies have different requirements for certification and different organizational sponsors:


Advancement Opportunities

Experienced medical and clinical laboratory technologists are able to advance their careers by moving into supervisory positions. Some advance to become administrators who plan and oversee all laboratory operations.


Start Early and Be Prepared

High school students should strive for a high GPA. This will give them an edge needed for acceptance in and successful completion of a medical and clinical technologist program.


Preparing for a Medical Laboratory Technician Career*

9th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English I

World Geography

Career-Related Electives:
Introduction to Health Science Technology AND Medical Terminology

Algebra I

Languages other than English I

Biology

Health/PE or Equivalent

10th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English II

World History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology I

Geometry

Languages other than English II

Chemistry

Technology Applications

11th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English III

United States History

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology II or Anatomy and Physiology of Human Systems or Languages other than English III

Algebra II

Communication Applications

Physics

12th Grade

Suggested Coursework

 

English IV

Government/Economics

Career-Related Electives:
Health Science Technology III or Medical Microbiology or Pathophysiology or Independent Study or Calculus or Languages other than English IV

AP Statistics

Fine Arts

Scientific Research
and Design

 

*Source: AchieveTexas.org

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Life Science Programs in the Gulf Coast Region

Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologist and Life Science Programs in the Gulf Coast RegionUniversities

Major Employers in the Gulf Coast Region

*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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