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Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians


Significant Points


  • Excellent job opportunities are expected.
  • Clinical laboratory technologists usually have a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or in one of the life sciences; clinical laboratory technicians generally need either an associate degree or a certificate.
  • Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow rapidly in other settings, as well.

Nature of the Work

Clinical laboratory testing plays a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Clinical laboratory technologists, also referred to as clinical laboratory scientists or medical technologists, and clinical laboratory technicians, also known as medical technicians or medical laboratory technicians, perform most of these tests.


Training, Other Qualifications, and Advancement About this section

Clinical laboratory technologists generally require a bachelor's degree in medical technology or in one of the life sciences; clinical laboratory technicians usually need an associate degree or a certificate.

Education and training. The usual requirement for an entry-level position as a clinical laboratory technologist is a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or one of the life sciences; however, it is possible to qualify for some jobs with a combination of education and on-the-job and specialized training. Universities and hospitals offer medical technology programs.

Bachelor's degree programs in medical technology include courses in chemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, mathematics, and statistics, as well as specialized courses devoted to knowledge and skills used in the clinical laboratory. Many programs also offer or require courses in management, business, and computer applications. The Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act requires technologists who perform highly complex tests to have at least an associate degree.

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians generally have either an associate degree from a community or junior college or a certificate from a hospital, a vocational or technical school, or the Armed Forces. A few technicians learn their skills on the job.

The National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) fully accredits about 479 programs for medical and clinical laboratory technologists, medical and clinical laboratory technicians, histotechnologists and histotechnicians, cytogenetic technologists, and diagnostic molecular scientists. NAACLS also approves about 60 programs in phlebotomy and clinical assisting. Other nationally recognized agencies that accredit specific areas for clinical laboratory workers include the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs and the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Licensure. Some States require laboratory personnel to be licensed or registered. Licensure of technologists often requires a bachelor's degree and the passing of an exam, but requirements vary by State and specialty. Information on licensure is available from State departments of health or boards of occupational licensing.

Certification and other qualifications. Many employers prefer applicants who are certified by a recognized professional association. Associations offering certification include the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the American Medical Technologists, the National Credentialing Agency for Laboratory Personnel, and the Board of Registry of the American Association of Bioanalysts. These agencies have different requirements for certification and different organizational sponsors.

In addition to certification, employers seek clinical laboratory personnel with good analytical judgment and the ability to work under pressure. Technologists in particular are expected to be good at problem solving. Close attention to detail is also essential for laboratory personnel because small differences or changes in test substances or numerical readouts can be crucial to a diagnosis. Manual dexterity and normal color vision are highly desirable, and with the widespread use of automated laboratory equipment, computer skills are important.
 

Job Outlook About this section

Rapid job growth and excellent job opportunities are expected. Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but employment will grow rapidly in other settings, as well.

Employment change. Employment of clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018, faster than the average for all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both population growth and the development of new types of tests.

Technological advances will continue to have opposing effects on employment. On the one hand, new, increasingly powerful diagnostic tests and advances in genomics—the study of the genetic information of a cell or organism—will encourage additional testing and spur employment. On the other hand, research and development efforts targeted at simplifying and automating routine testing procedures may enhance the ability of nonlaboratory personnel—physicians and patients in particular—to perform tests now conducted in laboratories.

Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of clinical laboratory workers, employment is expected also to grow rapidly in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and all other ambulatory healthcare services.

Job prospects. Job opportunities are expected to be excellent because the number of job openings is expected to continue to exceed the number of jobseekers. Although significant, job growth will not be the only source of opportunities. As in most occupations, many additional openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, retire, or stop working for some other reason. Willingness to relocate will further enhance one’s job prospects.

WTH?  Willingness to relocate!!!!! That is not something I expected to be a component of this field.

 

petmoosie: (bad guy)
This is our second decimating recession in professional jobs (accountant, office worker, programmer, white-collar workers). Adults in these professions are getting pretty bitter, and rightfully so. But even though the high-level jobs in these fields have been hit, the entry-level jobs have been hit worse. Usually the entry-level has a little more cushion since the wages for an entry-level worker are lower, but when you are comparing out-sourcing to a cheaper country, those entry-level wages can look very expensive.

I have heard of several scientists who would not recommend the field for their children. Doctors are famous for saying that. Is it becoming true for every professional field? Are the doctors telling their children to become accountants, while the accountants are telling their children to become doctors?
petmoosie: (braids)
Emily is practicing how to add numbers between 1 and 6 in the way we all did, by rolling two six-sided dice. She is getting pretty fast at it now.

I found an interesting article in Spanish today about the hypocrisy of various world leaders in 2009. It has the advantage of the tone of sarcasm and understated wit. So the language is fairly sophisticated.

Various papers for Income Taxes have come already. While I am unlikely to file early, I am feeling optimistic about not needing an extension.

Emily was practicing her Spanish yesterday, by listening to Spanish folk songs. Some of those songs, she is learning in her before-school class (that I have responsibility for).
petmoosie: (bad guy)
Inflation has been so low the last decade or two. At least, those of us who grew up in the 70s and 80s are finding it low. One of the functions of inflation is to adjust relative wages, between sectors, between countries, and in the end, between people.

High unemployment and lower wages for those that were laid off and then found another job are starting to have the effect of adjusting relative wages. It is more abrupt and unfair, because the few that never are forced to change jobs have a stable standard of living. The average standard of living is set to decrease in the United States.
petmoosie: (braids)
I met up with the PTA president at a New Year's Day Open House. There was a lot of discussion of the cost of reserving rooms for activities at the school. It is much higher in cost for the weekend, than for weeknights. Our PTA is spending more than normal and making less than normal due to properly paying for the room reservations and other things that we are doing "by the book" that had once been done "under the table".

The economy

Dec. 4th, 2009 07:26 pm
petmoosie: (braids)
Well, today's news is better. The rate at which the economy is shedding jobs has dropped. The jobless rate has dropped--probably due to the number of people dropping out of the job search exceeding the number of people losing their jobs. The economy needs to start adding jobs before the number of people employed will grow, and it needs to add jobs at a rate greater than the number of new entrants added to the work force in order to increase the percent employed.

It's not the end of the issue. It may only be slight change from a relentlessly downward track, but it's gone on enough to let it be a trend. I am hoping that it continues.

Work

Nov. 5th, 2009 03:31 pm
petmoosie: (braids)
The science pipeline looks like this.

"The overall proportion of high school graduates who earn bachelor's degrees in STEM fields has remained constant at 8 to 10% from 1972 to 2005, the study finds...About half of STEM graduates find employment in STEM fields, and about half of those remain in STEM to the mid-career level...'Sizable proportions of people end up not doing what they were trained for,' [B. Lindsay] Lowell said. " B. Lindsay Lowell is the director of policy studies at Georgetown University.  This is from Chemical and Engineering News, Nov. 2, 2009.

Now, remember STEM includes computer hardware and software. Although those fields are not strong at the moment, they have been strong in the period considered.
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Finally. The thought of high-speed trains between here and New York or here and Boston is great.

But, when you look into the details, we have "high-speed" trains for that route. Since "high-speed" is defined as 90 mph, the Acela counts. It averages 80 mph, and shaves a whole 20 minutes off the travel time (vs. the regular train) to New York.

New York is the ideal destination because the subway system is so good.

petmoosie: (lizard)
i spent a while gazing at my own naval (or psyche) today with the help of my sister.

I got a form from my employer stating that my reported wages in 2007 were wrong. After reading carefully, it was only the wages reported to the IRS, not those on my W2 that were wrong. So I paid correctly, just the IRS may flag my return for review. If they do review it, I send in the letter from my employer with my signature on it. Since I am currently avoiding finishing this years taxes, I have most of the rules in my active memory that apply in this situation.

T emailed me a statement from his benefits manager that allows us to claim money saved last year on this year's dependent care expenses. This is a miracle due to our problem with not finding our previous babysitter. It has to be a change in the law, right? I wonder if it went in with the stimulus bill. It makes some sense, if you assume that Q4 of 2008 was the worst for jobs, but that isn't so.

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I can't find my former babysitter. Her number is now unassigned.

Of course, I need her information for my taxes.
petmoosie: (bad guy)
Of the 13 active listings in our area, 7 are "distressed". Distressed means foreclosure, bank-owned, short sales and subject to 3rd-party approval. A few of the recent sales are down 29-34% from the previous transaction in May or August of 2006 (alright, only two sales were analyzed in this way).

I hope that the families involved were able to start over. There is a lot of possible tragedy in those numbers.
petmoosie: (shoes)
It's not just me failing to advertise well for my daycare provider. This economy is making it harder and harder to run a daycare operation. I am relieved that it's not my fault and saddened that it is so hard for my provider.

It's a deep relationship, even though it is founded on economic needs. This is the person I trusted to take care of my daughter when I couldn't. The provider gets very attached to the children and knows so much about their likes and dislikes, their quirks, and the children love the provider.

Elsy was a great provider. She helped the children play together, to love each other and to trust one another. She kept her operation small and took the children to parks nearby. She helped Emily nap with all the toys that Emily brought for security. She liked to play outdoors in the backyard with the children, swinging them on the swing, blowing bubbles, and knocking on the doors of the toy house.

We will miss her. But at the current rate, I have no work for her. When Emily is not in school, I am home for her. My job has slowed down so much, it is practically non-existent.
petmoosie: (braids)
I am hearing about proposed tax rates and small businesses at risk under Obama.

The tax rates as proposed don't endanger as many small businesses as claimed. See this. The number of small businesses in the US is greatly exaggerated. Most are not self-supporting.

The layoffs of the '80s and early '90s made going into business for yourself a very attractive idea for job security and flexibility. A lot of the sideline small businesses are someone's dream of being free of "the man". Tax rates that kick in at $200,000 are not going to stop people from dreaming that.

Now, the financial bailout, the changes in state taxes with the recession, and the general poor state of the economy will make more of these sidelines unprofitable. There will be fewer small businesses (whether self-supporting or not) in the next four years. But the cause of that is not this presidential election.

This is sparked by comments from someone who runs a NASCAR racing team---as their full-time job. The carbon emissions alone are blowing my mind--but that is a subject for another post.

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