The job outlook for professionals holding a Medical Laboratory Science degree is positive. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment of medical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 16 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations*.
Patient access to quality health care depends on the availability of certified professionals at every touch point. Medical laboratory science is no exception, as an accurate diagnosis creates the basis for each patient’s treatment plan.
The challenge for health care providers is the lack of qualified medical laboratory talent with the credentials to fill increasingly sophisticated roles. In fact, the shortage is so great that the allied health discipline has been identified as an area of need under the federal Workforce Investment Act.
The University of Cincinnati is committed to expanding our curriculum in response to these increasing needs. It is our goal to grow the pool of skilled medical laboratory scientists through our online Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science program. Interested students are encouraged to research the salary outlook and latest trends driving opportunities in this field.
One factor driving the growth of health care careers across the board is an aging population. The aging of society points to a natural increase in medical conditions over time, including those that require ongoing diagnostic tests such as cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol and the list goes on.
Another aspect influencing positive growth is a laboratory workforce that is reaching retirement age. According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), approximately 40 percent of today’s medical laboratory technologists and technicians are within 10 years of leaving the workforce.
Professionals who hold a Medical Laboratory Science degree are in demand from coast to coast. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers project there will be almost 11,000 open positions for laboratory technologists and technicians annually through 2018. Meanwhile, less than 5,000 individuals are graduating from medical laboratory science programs each year, according to the ASCP.
A variety of career opportunities exist for individuals with a Medical Laboratory Science degree. Hospitals, outpatient facilities and laboratory testing centers are all experiencing an increased demand for qualified professionals.