Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Medical laboratory scientists find challenging employment in a variety of laboratory settings. As vital members of the health care team, they enjoy assisting practitioners during the care, diagnosis and treatment of patients. Medical laboratory scientists can work in all areas of laboratories or specialize in one of several sections of a clinical laboratory such as chemistry, transfusion medicine, hematology, immunology, and microbiology.

You can be employed in hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices, research facilities, industry, public health institutions, forensic or pharmaceutical laboratories, and animal clinics.

National Outlook

*Lab Medicine 2019 ASCP Wage & Vacancy Survey

Advancement Opportunities...
Medical laboratory scientists have many opportunities for advancement, with supervisory skills and with technical expertise in such areas as advanced immunology, cell marker technology, transplantation, toxicology, cancer research, and cytogenetics.

You also can obtain an advanced degree related to other fields of laboratory medicine including forensics, genetics, microbiology, medical informatics, public health, adult education, or business administration.

An advanced practice degree is in development: Doctorate in Medical Laboratory Science. Learn more about its development and scope of practice.

Other Opportunities...
Medical laboratory scientists are very versatile in what positions they can fill within the lab and beyond its walls. For example, in industry, clinical laboratory scientists are needed for product development, research, marketing, sales, and quality assurance.