What is Clinical Laboratory Science?

Clinical laboratory scientists must be able to identify blood cells like these.



Clinical laboratory scientists play a vital role on the healthcare team, working with pathologists, scientists and clinicians to provide quality patient care. They are highly skilled professionals who perform tests to analyze blood, urine and other body fluids to help physicians prevent, detect and treat disease and to monitor therapy. In fact, it has been estimated that 60 to 70 percent of all critical decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment are based on laboratory test results.

Clinical laboratory science is a rewarding, high tech career. The profession combines the rewards and challenges of both medicine and science. The opportunities for a certified clinical laboratory scientist are varied and exciting.

Most clinical laboratory scientists are employed by hospital or clinic laboratories, but others use their knowledge and skills in research, industry, physicians' office laboratories, sales, public health, computer operations, veterinary clinics, education, laboratory management or as self-employed consultants.

Tests performed by clinical laboratory scientists vary from simple to complex, requiring skill, knowledge and problem-solving ability. Technologists must be able to identify disease-causing microorganisms, abnormalities in blood cells and blood chemistries and are also responsible for the operation and maintenance of complex electronic equipment, computers and precision instruments.


Employment and Salary

Graduates of clinical laboratory science programs generally have no problem finding employment. Both full- and part-time positions are available. Technologists are currently in high demand throughout the United States. Eighty-three percent of our graduates have reported obtaining a job within three months of graduation.

A 2015 survey by the US Department of Labor reported that the mean salary for clinical laboratory scientists in Texas was $27.97/hour or $59,660/year. Laboratory supervisors and administrative technologists can expect to make more. New graduates can expect to make less.

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