technicians hold about 35,200 jobs in the United States. About 55
percent of salaried jobs were in medical equipment and supply
manufacturing laboratories, which usually are small, privately owned
businesses with fewer than 5 employees. However, some laboratories are
large; a few employ more than 1,000 workers.
laboratory technician jobs are in medical equipment and supplies
manufacturing laboratories, about 29 percent. Another 29 percent of jobs
are in health and personal care stores, such as optical goods stores
that manufacture and sell prescription glasses and contact lenses. Some
jobs are in offices of optometrists or ophthalmologists, while others
work at professional and commercial equipment and supplies merchant
wholesalers. A few work in commercial and service industry machine
manufacturing firms that produce lenses for other optical instruments,
such as telescopes and binoculars.
Note: Some resources in this section are provided by the US Department
of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.