Rapid job growth and excellent
job opportunities are expected. Most jobs will continue to be in hospitals, but
employment will grow rapidly in other settings, as well.
Employment change. Employment of clinical
laboratory workers is expected to grow by 14 percent between 2008 and 2018,
faster than the average for
all occupations. The volume of laboratory tests continues to increase with both
population growth and the development of new types of tests.
Technological advances will continue to have opposing effects on employment.
On the one hand, new, increasingly powerful diagnostic tests and advances in
genomics—the study of the genetic information of a cell or organism—will
encourage additional testing and spur employment. On the other hand, research
and development efforts targeted at simplifying and automating routine testing
procedures may enhance the ability of nonlaboratory personnel—physicians and
patients in particular—to perform tests now conducted in laboratories.
Although hospitals are expected to continue to be the major employer of
clinical laboratory workers, employment is expected also to grow rapidly in
medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and all other
ambulatory healthcare services.
Job prospects. Job opportunities are
expected to be excellent because the number of job openings is expected to
continue to exceed the number of jobseekers. Although significant, job growth
will not be the only source of opportunities. As in most occupations, many
additional openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to
other occupations, retire, or stop working for some other reason. Willingness to
relocate will further enhance one's job prospects.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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