If you’re trained as a laboratory technician/technologist, good for you! Your job prospects, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, are expected to grow by about 13 percent between 2010 and 2020.

Considering that entry-level requirements for the position as a technicians usually only require an associates degree or certificate (although technologist usually need a bachelor’s degree), an individual could enter this in-demand career in just two years.

Some states do require licensing in addition to a degree and/or certificate.

The BLS reports that the job growth rate for technologists between 2010 and 2020 should be about 11 percent. The growth rate for technicians, however, is expected to be greater, with a 15 percent growth rate within the decade.

While there is a wide range for salaries, it will naturally depend on the competitive wages of where you work. Metropolitan areas tend to pay more for all types of jobs than do suburban or rural areas.

Traveling lab technicians and technologists can expect to earn more per hour than those who work for one hospital or lab. How much more? When all is said and done, when you factor in the tax benefits, extra per diem pay, and more, many travelers find that their paychecks are about 15 percent more than their stay-in-one-place counterparts.

Does working as a traveling lab technician or technologist sound appealing to you? If so, and if you have at least one or two years’ professional experience, contact a recruiter at MedPro Healthcare Staffing today so that we can discuss our available openings with you. We look forward to hearing from you.