Jobs

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Clinical laboratory scientists are able to find rewarding work upon graduation. According to the sixth edition of the book, Jobs Rated Almanac by Les Krantz, clinical laboratory scientists (medical technologists) ranked high on the list of best jobs: 36th in a list of 250. The positions were scored on factors such as salary, stress level, work environment, outlook, security, and physical demands.

"The 50 Best Careers of 2014"

A career in clinical laboratory science (CLS) was selected among “The 50 Best Careers of 2014” by the U.S. News & World Report. Described as the “unsung heroes of the healthcare industry,” clinical laboratory scientists were among the high-opportunity professions chosen based on job-growth projection, salary data, and other factors including job satisfaction.

Jobs are readily available. Recent surveys indicate that a critical shortage of laboratory personnel is occurring nationwide, with the average vacancy rate for staff medical technologists reported at 10.4% (ASCP 2010 Wage and Vacancy Survey of U.S. Medical Laboratory Positions). Additionally, for the period from 2012-2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical laboratory technologists to grow by 22%, much faster than the average for all occupations.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians (visited April 10, 2014).

Program Outcome

For students who graduated during the academic years 2011-2013, an average of 96% of the graduates are working as clinical laboratory scientists and/or pursing an advanced degree. A 2009 departmental survey of our clinical affiliates within the Richmond area indicated that 55% of the clinical laboratory positions were filled by graduates of VCU’s CLS program.