Biomedical Sciences: B.S. Biomedical Sciences
Cytotechnology Submajor

Employment Outlook

Expected Growth

Employment of medical laboratory workers is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022, 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.


Median annual wages of medical and clinical laboratory technologists were $60,560 in May 2014. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $40,640, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $82,180.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2014 Edition (