The number of Phoenix tech jobs (Click here) available for clinical laboratory technicians will continue to grow during the near future.
Clinical laboratory technicians usually work under the direction of a laboratory technologist or laboratory manager to perform a variety of tests and lab procedures that are aimed at diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases.
A technicians daily duties may include preparing specimens, operating automated analyzers, and performing manual tests. Many clinical laboratory technicians choose to specialize in a certain area, such as phlebotomists and histotechnicians.
The majority of clinical laboratory technicians have an associates degree from a community or junior college or a certificate from a hospital, vocational or technical school, or the Armed Forces. Regardless of their degree level, most employees learn a lot of what they need to know through on-the-job training.
There were about 328,100 clinical laboratory technologists and technicians throughout the nation during 2008, and employment of technicians alone is anticipated to grow by 16 percent by 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
More than 50 percent of these employees work in hospitals, while many others work in offices of physicians and in medical and diagnostic laboratories, and a small number work in educational services and other ambulatory healthcare services.
Employment of clinical laboratory technicians in Arizona is expected to increase from 2,411 workers during 2006 to 3,230 workers by 2016, resulting in 819 additional jobs and an overall growth rate of 34 percent. This means there will be about 118 job openings in this field each year.
According to the Arizona Workforce Informer, the top industries that employed clinical laboratory technicians throughout Arizona during 2006 include:
- General medical and surgical hospitals – 33.3 percent
- Colleges and universities – 22.9 percent
- Offices of physicians – 9.3 percent
- Medical and diagnostic laboratories – 8.5 percent
- Outpatient care centers – 6.4 percent
- Pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing – 6.4 percent
- Offices of other health practitioners – 3.3 percent
- Other ambulatory healthcare services – 1.8 percent
During 2007, the average wage for clinical laboratory technicians in Arizona was $19.29 per hour, while the average entry-level wage was $12.81 per hour and the average experienced-level wage was $22.53 per hour.