technologists and technicians hold about 328,100 jobs in the United
States. More than half of jobs were in hospitals. Most of the remaining
jobs were in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic
laboratories. A small proportion was in educational services and in all
other ambulatory health care services.
can advance and become technologists through additional education and
experience. Technologists may advance to supervisory positions in
laboratory work or may become chief medical or clinical laboratory
technologists or laboratory managers in hospitals. Manufacturers of home
diagnostic testing kits and laboratory equipment and supplies also seek
experienced technologists to work in product development, marketing, and
certification and a graduate degree in medical technology, one of the
biological sciences, chemistry, management, or education usually speeds
advancement. A doctorate usually is needed to become a laboratory
director. Federal regulation requires directors of moderately complex
laboratories to have either a master's degree or a bachelor's degree,
combined with the appropriate amount of training and experience.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.