graduation, most medical laboratory scientists (MLS) begin their career in an
acute care or community hospital. They may be a generalist and work in all
laboratory sections, or primarily work in a specific area such as hematology,
clinical chemistry, microbiology, or transfusion services.
Medical laboratory scientists may also be employed in laboratories in:
laboratory-related work experience, an MLS can become an education coordinator
in a teaching hospital. They are also qualified to become laboratory supervisors. With experience, an MLS may take an ASCP exam to become a certified specialist in clinical chemistry, microbiology, hematology, or immunohematology. Upon completion of graduate-level education, MLS qualify for faculty/teaching positions at a community college or university. Advanced degrees may also include such specialties as hospital administration or public health.