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Molecular Genetic Technologist

To be a successful Molecular Genetic Technologist you should…

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

What will my job be like?

Molecular technologists are needed to match donors and recipients for tissue and organ transplantation, diagnose human disease and inherited disorders, identify missing and displaced persons, identify war and disaster victims, determine parentage, and rule in/out suspects in criminal cases. Individuals with skills in the molecular technologies are also needed in a variety of research and industry settings.

Where could I work?

Most positions in molecular genetics are located in research laboratories, often in universities or medical schools, but an increasing number of clinical laboratories are beginning to incorporate molecular techniques into their daily routine.

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

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

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?

The Molecular Diagnostic Sciences Certificate Program is designed for individuals with bachelor’s degrees in cytogenetics, clinical laboratory sciences (medical technology), or the biological or natural sciences.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Central Connecticut State University, New Britain
  • Quinnipiac University, Hamden
  • Tunxis Community College, Farmington
  • University of Connecticut– School of Allied Health, Storrs
  • University of New Haven, West Haven
  • Wesleyan University, Middletown

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.

Where can I get more information?

Association of Genetic Technologists
219 Timberland Trail Lane
Rocky Top, TN  37769