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Molecular Diagnostic Technologist

To be a successful Molecular Diagnostic Technologist you should…

  • show accuracy and attention to detail
  • be a problem solver
  • be reliable, work well under pressure, and able to finish a task
  • like challenge and responsibility
  • be able to work independently with little supervision

What will my job be like?

Molecular genetic technologists study DNA to identify or diagnose diseases and inherited disorders; match tissues for organ transplantation; identify missing or displaced persons in war, disaster or crime victims; determine parentage; and rule in or out suspects in criminal cases.

Where could I work?

Molecular genetic technologists are employed in research and clinical laboratories in colleges and universities, medical schools, commercial laboratories, and private industry.

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

Employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians is projected to grow 11 percent from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.

About 25,900 openings for clinical laboratory technologists and technicians are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

Education for molecular genetic technologist requires a four-year degree in either cytogenetics, cytotechnology, medical technology, or the biological or natural sciences, plus 6 – 14 months (depending on educational background) for a certificate program in molecular diagnostic sciences.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • University of Bridgeport, Bridgeport
  • University of Connecticut – School of Allied Health, Storrs
  • University of New Haven, West Haven

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut. Prerequisite: Some employers may require completion of national certification in Molecular Biology.

Where can I get more information?

Association of Genetic Technologists
219 Timberland Trail Lane
Rocky Top, TN  37769
(423) 567-4AGT