What does it mean to be a laboratory professional?

  • It means being a critical part of a medical team.
  • It means directly impacting every single patient who is diagnosed and treated.
  • It means changing lives— including your own.

Ignite your future.

Jump into an exciting, high-demand career in laboratory medicine.

It just takes two.

You can become a medical laboratory technician in as little as two years after graduating from high school—getting you out of the classroom and into a great career. Fast.

Perks that add up.

Start exploring today to discover a variety of roles that challenge and inspire—and provide a comfortable income. Saving lives plus savings account? Now that’s inspiring.

Start fast. Go further.

These jobs are in demand all across the country, so you’ll have the flexibility to live just about anywhere you want. And because lab professionals have the ability to advance throughout their careers, your starting place doesn’t have to be your stopping place.

Healthcare is the strongest job area of the economy right now, it’s a consistent creator of jobs; there’s so much demand for the services.

John Challenger, CEO of Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc., an outplacement consulting firm.

Your next starts now.

Hear from professionals who found their next in a medical laboratory—and find out how you can do the same. 

Medical Laboratory Technician

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Join our numbers!

Careers in the medical laboratory have never mattered more—and the field is growing faster than ever!


projected increase in medical laboratory careers between 2012 and 2022.


new laboratory professionals needed each year from 2008 to 2018 to meet demand—double the current number of newly certified graduates each year.


job placement reported by several universities for newly certified candidates.

Find your next.

Click on the links below to learn more and find the career path that might be right for you.


Help your students find their next.

You play a vital role in helping students find the career that’s right for them. And we’d like to help you in your important work. For students who enjoy science classes, have a sense of discovery and enjoy helping others, a career in laboratory medicine can be a great choice. Click one of the buttons below to begin the sign-up process, and we’ll provide you with a unique set of tools to engage, educate and advise students on this career path!

Interested in a career in the medical laboratory?

Start taking the right courses now! You should take a variety of science and math courses like biology, anatomy and physiology, physics and chemistry to help you prepare for course work in a medical laboratory program.


What is ASCP? Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is the world’s largest professional membership organization for pathologists and laboratory professionals. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, anatomic and clinical pathologists, and medical laboratory professionals. Learn more about who we are, what we do and how we can help you with a career in the lab at www.ascp.org.