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Medical Laboratory Assistant

444 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#79 in Popularity (Associate's)
$122,320 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many clinical/medical laboratory assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 444
Basic Certificate 274
Undergraduate Certificate 85

What Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to clinical/medical laboratory assistant were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.

Skills for Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors

clinical/medical laboratory assistant majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities for Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors

As you progress with your clinical/medical laboratory assistant degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Medical Laboratory Assistant Major?

People with a clinical/medical laboratory assistant degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.0% NA

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Assistant?

444 Associate's Degrees Annually
83% Percent Women
88% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 83% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of clinical/medical laboratory assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 9
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 357
White 47
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant. About 0.2% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Laboratory Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant majors often go into careers with median salaries of $122,320. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with clinical/medical laboratory assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for clinical/medical laboratory assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 2.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.2%
Some College Courses 0.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 21.9%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.4%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 6.9%
Master’s Degree 16.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.2%
Doctoral Degree 8.2%
Post-Doctoral Training 6.3%

Online Medical Laboratory Assistant Programs

In 2018-2019, 52 schools offered a clinical/medical laboratory assistant program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 25 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 17 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 16 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 25 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Laboratory Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a clinical/medical laboratory assistant grad is $122,320 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 207% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $1,648,400 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to clinical/medical laboratory assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 60,320
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant 9,273
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8,341
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,954
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,499
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Anesthesiologist Assistant 82
Lactation Consultant 20
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 12
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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