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Lab Sciences & Medical Technology

2,944 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
261 Master's Degrees Annually
#12 in Popularity
$122,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many laboratory sciences and medical technology graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,996
Graduate Certificate 274
Master’s Degree 252
Undergraduate Certificate 112
Basic Certificate 29
Associate Degree 26
Doctor’s Degree 6

What Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to clinical laboratory sciences and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Skills for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Majors

When studying clinical laboratory sciences, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Majors

A major in clinical laboratory sciences will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

What Can You Do With a Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Major?

People with a clinical laboratory sciences degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cytogenetic Technologists 11.6% NA
Cytotechnologists 11.6% NA
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 11.6% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Lab Sciences & Medical Technology?

2,996 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
76% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 76% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical laboratory sciences majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 387
Black or African American 238
Hispanic or Latino 332
White 1,713
International Students 129
Other Races/Ethnicities 197

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. About 4.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to clinical laboratory sciences is $122,320. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with clinical laboratory sciences require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to clinical laboratory sciences have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.7%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.1%
Some College Courses 0.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 17.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 37.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 19.6%
Master’s Degree 7.3%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.9%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.9%
Doctoral Degree 4.4%
Post-Doctoral Training 4.3%

Online Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Programs

In 2019-2020, 321 schools offered a clinical laboratory sciences program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 11 1
Bachelor’s Degree 23 3
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 37 3
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 3 1
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical laboratory sciences grad is $122,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 207% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,648,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical laboratory sciences.

Major Number of Grads
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 6,713
Laboratory Technician 3,758
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,027
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 842
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 268
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 224
Histologic Technician 203
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 141
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 84
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 64
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 63
Hematology Technology 47

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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