Medical laboratory technologists (commonly known as medical laboratory scientists) and medical laboratory technicians collect samples and perform tests to analyze body fluids, tissue, and other substances. About half of all technologists and technicians were employed in hospitals in 2014. Others worked in doctors’ offices or diagnostic laboratories.
Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians was $50,550 in May 2015.Employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 16 percent by 2024.