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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 2,944
Graduate Certificate 319
Master’s Degree 261
Undergraduate Certificate 116
Basic Certificate 30
Associate’s Degree 10

What Lab Sciences & Medical Technology Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, clinical laboratory sciences majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical Laboratory Sciences Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in clinical laboratory sciences should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

A major in clinical laboratory sciences prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • 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.
  • 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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a clinical laboratory sciences student include the following:

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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?

2,944 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
74% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 74% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clinical Laboratory Sciences Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 419
Black or African American 254
Hispanic or Latino 318
White 1,638
International Students 110
Other Races/Ethnicities 205

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Clinical Laboratory Sciences. About 3.7% 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. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for clinical laboratory sciences careers below.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 327 schools offered some type of laboratory sciences and medical technology program. 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) 5 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 16 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 2 0
Associate’s Degree 11 3
Bachelor’s Degree 23 2
Post-Baccalaureate 5 1
Master’s Degree 36 8
Post-Master’s 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
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 8,031
Laboratory Technician 4,137
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,055
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 920
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 370
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 305
Hematology Technology/Technician 285
Histologic Technician 252
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 112
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 86
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 64
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 57

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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