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Laboratory Professions . An introduction. Career Ladder. Clerical Support Phlebotomist Laboratory Assistant CLS Technical Specialist Supervisor Manager. Laboratory Science Career Ladder. Related Careers. Primary Occupation. Education Programs. Supervisor. Cytology Microbiology

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career ladder
Career Ladder
  • Clerical Support
  • Phlebotomist
  • Laboratory Assistant
  • CLS
  • Technical Specialist
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
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Laboratory Science Career Ladder

Related Careers

Primary Occupation

Education Programs

Supervisor

Cytology

Microbiology

Histology

San Francisco State

San Jose State

CSU East Bay

CLS

MLT

Nursing

Lab Assistant

Phlebotomist

Ohlone College

Clerical

High Schools

national outlook
National Outlook
  • 145,000 CLS (MTs) (2001)*
  • 147,000 MLT (2001)*
  • 80% of Medical Diagnoses depend on accurate laboratory results

*Lindler and Chapman, The clinical laboratory workforce in California, UCSF, 2003

california
California
  • MLT not recognized until 2005
    • Regulations passed
    • Programs have to be approved by LFS & NAACLS
    • Licensure
    • Limited “grandfathering”
  • CLS – licensure, examination by state
labor projections
Labor Projections
  • Vacancy rate (ACSP)
    • 1996: 5% to 9%
    • 2000: 11% to 21%
  • Average age of CLS in Bay Area?
    • > 50
  • Training positions is State:
    • < 90
proposed solutions
Proposed Solutions
  • Increase Educational Opportunities
    • MLT
    • CLS
  • Promote Clinical Lab Careers
  • Collaborative Activities
increasing educational programs
Increasing Educational Programs
  • Needs/Barriers
    • Qualified Faculty
    • Clinical Practicum opportunities
    • Facilities/Equipment
    • Prerequisite “bottleneck”
    • Funding and sustainability