Career Options

Upon 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:

  • Research labs
  • Educational settings
  • Physician's office
  • Public health
  • Biotech company
  • Medical equipment company
    • research and development
    • quality control
    • sales and service of laboratory instruments and supplies
  • Forensics
  • Governmental agencies
  • Military
  • Veterinary offices

With 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.