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Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow 14 percent through 2016, faster than average for all occupations. Median salary ranges from $41,680 to $58,560, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

America’s Career Infonet and the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook (2008-2009 edition) give detailed information about the skills, abilities, work activities and recommended education for jobs the medical laboratory technology field:

Employment Opportunities

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. Employment opportunities include working in:

  • blood centers and blood banks
  • clinics
  • companies in the health care sector
  • hospitals
  • laboratories
  • physicians’ offices
  • regulatory agencies
  • research laboratories
  • sales for the health care industry

Job Skills and Abilities

Skills that make a good medical technician or 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

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career Infonet, these occupations offer the following average salaries and projected job growth across the nation:

Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2014
Medical and clinical lab technicians $15.79 $32,800 +15%
Medical and clinical lab technologists $23.90 $49,700 +12%
For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.