Medical Laboratory Technology Careers

Employment Opportunities

Medical lab technicians (MLTs) work in:

  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Doctors’ offices
  • Blood centers and blood banks
  • Research labs
  • Regulatory agencies
  • Sales in the health care industry

Job Skills and Abilities

Skills that make a good medical technologist include:

  • aptitude for science
  • good analytical judgment
  • ability to work under pressure with precision and accuracy
  • close attention to detail
  • excellent computer skills
  • ability to follow written and verbal directions closely
  • good manual dexterity

Earning an associate degree as an MLT can serve as a stepping stone to earning a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or other allied health fields that require a bachelor’s degree.

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

Many of our students receive their board certification through the American Society of Clinical Pathology and enter the workforce as an MLT at a salary in line with national averages. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, wages can range from around $30,000 to nearly $80,000 annually. 

In fact, the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) states that there is a shortage of technicians nationwide, leading to higher salaries and more opportunities. The Career Center on the ASCLS website features current job openings across the country and is a great professional resource throughout your learning and working experiences.