Your Path to a Healthcare Career
According to the current edition of the Jobs Rated Almanac, medical laboratory technicians are very high on the list of best jobs, ranking 18 in a list of 250 jobs. The mean starting salary for a Medical Laboratory Technician nationwide is $47,000 to $56,000 (according to ASCLS). Updates can be found by going to the US Bureau of Labor statistics. With the current shortage of laboratory practitioners, wages are expected to rise higher than average.
Medical laboratory technology is one of the most rapidly expanding health care fields. As a medical laboratory technician, you will play an increasingly important role in health care delivery. The MLT Program provides extensive training, including a clinical internship with supervised work experience. This qualifies graduates to run clinical tests required by physicians to make life-affecting decisions in patient care. Make a decision for your life today!
MLT is in High Demand
The health care industry is in the midst of one of the most significant shortages of trained personnel in its history, and leaders predict it is a trend that will continue. The shortage of laboratory personnel is greater than that of nurses and physicians because large numbers of programs have been cut or eliminated. In just the last 4 years over 60 BS and AAS programs have closed. In the Journal for Clinical Laboratory Science, a survey indicated that, within the next seven years, 50% of the current practitioners will retire, and that not enough programs exist to meet the needs of the industry. In a recent report, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates a 17 percent growth rate in the field of clinical laboratory science. For the period 1998 to 2008 the BLS projects 53,000 new jobs in the field, 40,000 vacancies (created by retirements, people leaving the field, etc.), and 93,000 incremental positions to be filled at 9,000 per year. In the “Outlook” section of Jobs Rated Almanac by Les Krantz, the author predicts,
The volume of laboratory testing will increase sharply in the coming years and advances in medical technology will serve to create new tests and laboratory procedures perhaps even overloading the present capacity of the system. Workers and new laboratories are always in high demand.
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