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Are you interested in scientific discoveries and medical research? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving puzzles? Are you ready for a fast-growing health career?
Medical laboratory technology is a great occupation for highly organized people who can perform the research that helps unravel the mysteries of the human body. It’s a varied career path that involves:
Medical laboratory technicians (MLTs), who must have at least an associate degree, and medical laboratory scientists (MLSs), who have earned a bachelor’s degree, do about 75 perfect of all patient care testing in a clinical setting and help doctors make diagnoses. They perform a variety of complex chemical and analytical tests on patient specimens to help put the pieces of the puzzle together.
According to projections by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health-related occupations will add the most new jobs to the economy – nearly one-third of the total increase – through 2022. Fourteen of the top 20 fastest growing jobs listed by America’s Career Infonet are in health care occupations. Job growth in the health care industry reflects the medical needs of a larger older population and more insured people in the U.S. stemming from health care reform.
For jobs requiring at least an associate degree, medical laboratory technician is ranked seventh among America’s Career Infonet’s 39 fastest-growing occupations and fifth of its top 46 careers with the most job openings through 2022.
See more about Medical Laboratory Technology degrees and the MLT program.