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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:

  • Looking at cells microscopically
  • Cross-matching blood
  • Performing chemical and molecular analyses
  • Looking at pathological disease states

What Does a Medical Laboratory Technician or Medical Laboratory Scientist Do?

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.

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Why is This is a Good Career Bet?

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. Positions are projected to increase by 37 percent through the coming decade. High job growth is defined as an annual increase of more than 10 percent. 

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Medical Laboratory Technology Program and Degrees

El Centro College  

The Medical Laboratory Technology program is offered exclusively at El Centro College among colleges of DCCCD. El Centro’s is the only accredited Medical Laboratory Technology program within the five-county area of Dallas, Parker, Rockwall, Hunt and Denton counties. 

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