Progress in medical technologies gives prestige and demand to the profession of clinical laboratory technologist. Specialists conduct laboratory tests and analyses of samples to diagnose diseases.
To become a technologist, one needs to go through several educational stages. They include obtaining a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or a related field, completing an internship, obtaining a license, and receiving certification from professional organizations.
The average salary of such highly qualified specialists is $54,180. Technologists can work in various medical laboratories and clinics, pharmaceutical and clinical industries, research institutions, and other places.
Increasing experience and additional training allow the technologist to become the heads of laboratories or their managers. These employees can also advance as narrower specialists – сytotechnologists or histotechnologist.
The recruitment rate of technologist employees is above average and is expected to be 11% in 2020-30. Thus, although the educational requirements for clinical laboratory technologists are strict, there are vast opportunities for them.