Jobs are readily available. Recent surveys indicate that a critical shortage of laboratory personnel is occurring nationwide, with vacancy rates as high as 13% in some laboratory departments (2018 Vacancy Survey Report). Additionally, for the period from 2012-2022, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of medical laboratory technologists to grow by 22%, much faster than the average for all occupations. For the past decade, close to 100% of the graduates from VCU’s Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences find employment within 9 months of graduation or advance their studies in a post-baccalaureate program.
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians, on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/clinical-laboratory-technologists-and-technicians.htm (visited September 01, 2020).