What are the expectations for the clinical laboratory workforce in the future?
We expect that workforce shortages will begin to accelerate as the wave of people who joined the field in the sixties and seventies, a period of extraordinary growth, begin to retire. About 40 years ago, people flooded into the field to help with the exciting new tests and technologies that were becoming available. All of these people are now approaching retirement age and there will not be enough new graduates to take their place.
What does the government say about the clinical laboratory workforce shortage?
What type of organizations do clinical laboratory technologists work in that may be impacted by shortages?
Clinical Laboratory Technologists can work in:
Academic Research Laboratories
Veterinary Hospitals and Laboratories
Pharmaceutical company research and development laboratories
Diagnostic company research and development laboratories
Armed Services Hospitals, Ships, Medical Units and Research Institutes
Food product development and safety laboratories
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Public Health Laboratories
Scientific an dresearch Foundations and Institutes
World Health Organization
Health insurance companies
Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratories
Crime Scene Forensics Laboratories
Since Pap tests are going to be decreasing since the HPV vaccine is available, will there be a future in cytotechnology?
The decline in the Pap test is unlikely to fully affect the United States for 10 years or so. The cytotechnologist is involved in many other areas of the laboratory, including screening and interpretation of non-gynecologic cytology, and has expanded their roles in molecular testing and other image-based studies. Cytotechnology is a field with many opportunities for growth and development.