The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 13 percent increase in the need for clinical laboratory scientists between 2010 and 2020.
Where you might work:
- Public health departments
- Reference laboratories
- State and federal law enforcement agencies
- Biotechnology industries
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Research institutions
Reports from laboratories performing clinical molecular testing indicate that it is difficult to find personnel to fill current positions. Job postings for graduates trained in molecular genetics can be found on websites for the following organizations: Association for Molecular Pathology, Association of Genetic Technologists, American Society for Clinical Pathology, American Society for Microbiology, and American Society for Hematology.
Salary Range: According to a 2012 Advance Laboratory salary survey for laboratory professionals, the average salary of laboratory professionals who specialize in Molecular Diagnostics/Genetics was $80,760. The Pacific region (AK, HI, CA, OR, WA) offers the highest salaries, followed by the Middle Atlantic (NJ, PA, NY) and New England (VT, NH, CT, MA, RI, ME).