Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science
Medical Laboratory Scientists can obtain employment in a variety of settings. These include hospital laboratories, independent laboratories, clinics and physicians' offices, research and development laboratories, public/government health agencies, forensics laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies.
Program graduates are generally able to choose from several entry-level technologist positions. Advanced certification is available in each laboratory area for those who choose to pursue a higher level of training. Graduate training in one of the laboratory disciplines will allow individuals to advance to supervisory positions and intermediate level research positions.
Regardless of the setting, Medical Laboratory Scientists consistently work in a challenging, fast paced, and collegial environment. Additionally, graduates of the MLS program are well qualified for entry into medical or physician's assistant schools due to the rigorous coursework in the program which includes key anatomic, pathogenic, and physiologic concepts covered in such programs.
- Demand for Medical Laboratory Scientists is high throughout the nation. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that the job outlook for clinical laboratory scientists is "excellent".
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 4,500 new laboratorians needed each year from 2008 to 2018. This figure is double the number of newly certified graduates each year. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2012 ed.)
- Additionally, the median salary for Medical Laboratory Scientists is $40,186 according to the 2003 Wage and Vacancy survey, published by ASCP.
National marketability is enhanced by certification from one of a number of national certification agencies. Specialty certification is also available after enhanced education, training, and experience.
Click on the links below to learn more about the profession:
Bureau of Labor Statistics / Occupational Outlook Handbook – Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians
American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
American Society for Clinical Pathology