|Quick Facts: Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians|
$50,930 per year
$24.48 per hour
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|13% (Faster than average)|
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.
Most medical laboratory technologists and technicians worked in hospitals in 2016. Others worked in medical and diagnostic laboratories or doctors’ offices.
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.
The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technicians was $38,950 in May 2016.
The median annual wage for medical and clinical laboratory technologists was $61,070 in May 2016.
Overall employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. 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.
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