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.
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.
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.
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.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
Association of Genetic Technologists
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