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JOB DEMAND

With a surplus of jobs available, a career in lab science provides competitive salaries, job security, geographical flexibility, and great opportunities for advancement. According to a Governor’s Workforce Investment Board report, Maryland has designated Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians as an “in-demand allied health profession” with a workforce shortage projected through 2016.* Both statewide and nationally, job growth for MLTs is expected to be faster than average.

According to a Governor’s Workforce Investment Board report, Maryland has designated Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians as an “in-demand allied health profession” with a workforce shortage projected through 2016.* Both statewide and nationally, job growth for MLTs is expected to be faster than average.

SALARIES

Although salaries vary based upon level of experience and geographical location, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the annual mean wage for Medical & Clinical Lab Technicians in Maryland is $44,360; in D.C. $46,950; nationally $38,960.**

EDUCATION

The minimum educational requirement for MLTs is an associate degree. Although there is no state licensure required in Maryland, many clinical laboratory employers prefer applicants to have passed the national certification examination. HCC’s MLT program prepares graduates to sit for the national exam such as from the American Society  for Clinical Pathology (BOC).

Degreed and certified MLTs have a wide range of career options in the clinical laboratory arena, medical and scientific fields, as well as education and business. The Medical Technologist (MT) position, a laboratory science professional who performs more complex procedures and may supervise or train MLTs, are typically required to have a bachelor’s, however 3-5 years of laboratory experience as an MLT will frequently be considered for the position in lieu of the degree. Mean annual wages for a Medical & Clinical Technologist is $61,750 in Maryland; $65,570 in D.C.**

 

See howardcc.edu/disclosures for important information about financial aid-eligible programs leading to gainful employment.

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*  Maryland’s Allied Health Industry Workforce Report and Recommendations, Governor’s Workforce Investment Board Healthcare Industry Initiative Steering Committee Allied Health Professions Subcommittee, June 2009
**  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011 (for national data), May 2010 (state data);
www.bls.gov.

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