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Clinical/Medical Science Professions

28 Associates's Degrees Annually
579 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#176 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Clinical/Medical Science Professions Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 579
Basic Certificate 121
Undergraduate Certificate 57
Associate’s Degree 28

What Clinical/Medical Science Professions Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Majors

When studying other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Abilities for Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Majors

As you progress with your other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions 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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  • 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.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

What Can You Do With a Clinical/Medical Science Professions Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cytogenetic Technologists 11.6% NA
Cytotechnologists 11.6% NA
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 11.6% NA
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.0% NA

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Clinical/Medical Science Professions?

28 Associate's Degrees Annually
86% Percent Women
36% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 86% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 15
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Some degrees associated with other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.5%
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) 3.1%
Some College Courses 1.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 23.6%
Bachelor’s Degree 43.2%
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. 19.7%
Master’s Degree 2.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.8%
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. 0.8%
Post-Doctoral Training 0.8%

Online Clinical/Medical Science Professions Programs

In 2018-2019, 55 schools offered a other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions 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) 13 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 13 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 9 0
Bachelor’s Degree 4 1
Post-Baccalaureate 13 0
Master’s Degree 8 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to other clinical/medical laboratory science and allied professions.

Major Number of Grads
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 8,031
Laboratory Technician 4,117
Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology 3,100
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,055
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 370
Hematology Technology/Technician 278
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 262
Histologic Technician 252
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 109
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 64
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 56
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 33

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.

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