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Clinical Laboratory Technician Job Outlook


Employment of medical laboratory technologists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster the average for all occupations. Based on projections by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics ("BLS"), the number of medical laboratory technologist jobs will reach 191,200 positions in 2026, up 19,800 positions from 2016 levels.

Employment of medical laboratory technicians is projected to grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, also faster than the average for all occupations. BLS forecasts that the number of medical laboratory technicians jobs will reach 187,200 positions in 2026, an additional 22,900 positions from 2016 levels.

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. Prenatal testing for various types of genetic conditions also is increasingly common. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians will be in demand to use and maintain the equipment needed for diagnosis and treatment.

Job prospects will be best for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians who complete an accredited education program and earn professional certification.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook





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