Medical Laboratory Science is a dynamic and exciting profession that continually changes as new scientific and medical knowledge advances.
What Does A Medical Laboratory Scientist Do?
Medical laboratory scientists develop, perform, and evaluate laboratory tests leading to health assessment, diagnosis of disease, and monitoring therapeutic treatment. They use sophisticated biomedical instruments to generate accurate and reliable test results, interpret quality assurance parameters, troubleshoot analytical instruments, and develop and modify testing methods. It is estimated that 70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory test results produced and reported by medical laboratory scientists.
- Hospital and private clinical laboratories
- Research: develop and test new methods
- Public health: state health laboratories, community health projects, environmental testing, Peace Corps
- Specialty laboratories: forensics, fertility, veterinary
- Biotechnology: product research/development, data analysis, quality assurance
- Sales and marketing: biomedical supply, pharmaceutical companies
- Laboratory computer systems
- Compliance inspectors: state and federal government, accreditation agencies
- Infection control
Employment Outlook And Opportunities
Coordinating Council on Clinical Laboratory Workforce
Coordinating Council on the Clinical Laboratory Workforce exists to ensure the supply of qualified laboratory professionals.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook:
- Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster the average for all occupations.
- The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $60,520 in May 2015.
The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) is the preeminent organization representing the clinical/medical laboratory professional.
Labs Are VitalTM is a program sponsored by Abbott Diagnostics, in partnership with the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and professional societies around the globe—all working together to provide a place where laboratory professionals have a voice.