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Clinical Laboratory Science Career Video [click here]

Is an exciting career in science or healthcare right for you?

(click on the picture below to visit lab science careers web page)

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If you think Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS) is for you, the National Accrediting Agency of Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) website has a great Student's Center that allows you to search for accredited programs in different areas of the CLS arena all over the country.  There is also information about scholarships from various sponsors that you can apply for.

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Best Careers 2011: Laboratory Technician

(http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2010/12/06/best-careers-2011-laboratory-technician)

By: Kirk Shinkle

Posted: Dec. 6, 2010

The rundown:

Clinical lab technicians and technologists are the unsung heroes of the healthcare industry. You'll be behind the scenes, generating the critical data that physicians use to make their diagnoses. You'll perform tests or prepare tissue specimens for examination. For example, phlebotomists are technicians who specialize in drawing blood. As a technician, you'll typically do less complex tests and procedures than a technologist, who would supervise your work. You'll need much less schooling to be a technician, though.

Click here to find out more!The outlook:

Job growth is expected to be faster than average, with the number of clinical lab workers rising about 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, adding about 25,000 jobs, according to the Labor Department. But you can count on even more opportunities thanks to retirements and turnover. Expect the most rapid growth in private diagnostic labs, as well as in physicians' offices.

Money:

You might be paid hourly, but median annual take-home pay was $36,030 in 2009. For those at the top of the pay bracket, salaries can be more than $55,210.

Upward mobility:

The natural next step is to become a technologist. You'll most likely need additional education, as well as a license—a requirement in some states. Some technologists also move up into laboratory management roles.

Activity level:

Moderate. You're on your feet quite a bit, if not always moving.

Stress level:

Pretty low, though hefty patient loads and keeping up with technological and regulatory issues can require some serious multi-tasking. You'll be working in a clean, well-lighted lab most of the time. Things could, however, get a little dicey if you're an entry-level technician at a hospital: You can expect to work nights, weekends, or holidays.

Education and preparation:

The lower-cost education is a highlight of this occupation. For entry-level work, you'll likely need to have an associate's degree or complete a certificate program. It's possible to learn some of your skills on the job.

Real advice from real people about landing a job as a medical laboratory technician:

When you are preparing your application materials for a medical laboratory technician (MLT) position, it's essential that you communicate not only the technical skills you learned in the classroom and on the job, but also focus on the "soft" skills. "Laboratory managers are looking for candidates with flexible schedules, who work well both in teams and independently when needed, who communicate well with patients, physicians, and nursing staff, and who are dependable and accountable," says Tamryn Hennessy, national director of career development at Rasmussen College. "The great news is that if you're new to the field, you can directly convey these important skills with prior job experience through specific examples given during the interview, strong letters of reference, and recommendations from past employers."

CNN Money Top 50 Jobs in America [click here]

Career/Membership/Testing/CE Information

Career Voyages Website   A U.S. Department of Labor website that features jobs that are in demand as well as career guidance information for students, parents, career changers, and career advisors now highlights the medical laboratory. Visit the medical laboratory web page at

Link to Career Voyages (click here)

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Other Great Misc. Sites to Check Out!!

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Results For Life!  A new and exciting web page by the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA).  Site promotes the clinical laboratory profession and its value to health care and patients!  Includes public information on clinical laboratory testing, patient videos promoting laboratory medicine, and media information.  Visit the site often.  Click on the logo to link to this excellent site!

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Labs Are Vital!  Excellent resource for clinical laboratory professionals and the public!  Visit the site often and sign up for their e-newsletter updates.  Click on the logo to link to this excellent site!

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Lab Tests On-line!  Information on testing is not always available or easily located, and sometimes when it can be found, it is sometimes inadequate in addressing the needs of patients and their families. Lab Tests Online aims to change all that.

This site has been designed as a single resource where people can find up-to-date lab testing information vital to the understanding and management of their health, or the health of someone close to them. Our focus is very specific to clinical lab tests and the topics that relate to them.   Visit the site often to find up-to-date studies and news information on clinical laboratory testing.  Click on the logo to link directly to this excellent resource!