Job Title
 Average Annual Income  Projected Job Growth, 2012-22*  Projected Job Openings, 2012-22
Medical and Clinical Lab Technicians  $40,240
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists

$59,460 65,800
Bioinformatics Technicians $42,530 6,300

*Projected Job Growth, 2012-2022 Key

Faster than average
(more than 15%)
(8% to 14%)
Slower than average
(less than 7%)

Occupational Outlook Handbook: 

    Programs in Biological and Biomedical Sciences prepare students for a variety of jobs or further study in both the medical and science fields.

    Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians and Technologists perform laboratory tests to help doctors diagnose and treat their patients. In addition to running tests and culturing samples, they may also be responsible for reporting the results to doctors and cleaning or maintaining lab equipment.

    Bioinformatics is an area of biotechnology, and Bioinformatics Technicians help analyze biological data using different programs and algorithms. For example, a bioinformatics technician might sequence the genome of a sample. Biotechnology has applications in many fields, including agriculture (for example, genetically modified plants) and medicine (including the developmen
t of new pharmaceutical treatments).

Related Fields: Health Professions,  Physical Sciences