Laboratory technicians and technologists perform experiments and procedures in biotechnology research. Technicians and technologists are differentiated by their level of education. Technicians typically have associate’s degrees, and technologists have bachelor’s degrees.
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Medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians earned a median annual salary of $52,330 in May 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). Salaries ranged from $29,910 to $80,330 or more. The DOL reports that technologists and technicians earned mean annual salaries of $55,040 in hospitals, $50,520 in outpatient care centers, and $50,040 in laboratories.
Laboratory technicians and technologists work in clean, well-lit, and usually air-conditioned settings. They often handle infectious materials, hazardous chemicals, and sometimes radioactive substances. In general, there are few hazards associated with these materials as long as proper methods of sterilization and handling of specimens, materials, and equipment are used. Some lab professionals ...
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) predicts that employment for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians will grow 11 percent, or much faster than the average, through 2028. In the coming years, more technologists and technicians will be needed to operate and maintain the equipment that is used for diagnosing and treating a range of health conditions. The aging population is expected t...