Whether you are just starting your career or already an experienced medical lab technologist, it can be in your best interest to look at the outlook for your profession and where you can potentially earn the most money. Across the board in healthcare, hospital heroes can improve their pay just by moving a state or two over, and there is no difference for medical lab technologists.
The market pre-pandemic was sitting at a steady growth of 5% in the upcoming years for medical lab technologists joining the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth in this profession is expected to be about 7% between 2020-2030, which is considered faster than most healthcare professions. Due to COVID-19, this rate can be assumed larger than 7% due to the need for medical lab technologists across the country.
With the demands fluctuating from extreme to high need across the nation certain states are projected to have more opportunities than others. According to the BLS, here are the states with the highest medical lab technologist employment levels:
- New York
States that have a higher employment level do not consider how much each medical lab technologist will make in salary. The median salary for medical lab technologists was $54,780 in 2019 with salaries estimated to grow in 2020. When considering if a salary amount is right for you, it is best to consider the cost of living in the city you are working in and surrounding suburbs for a potential cheaper option when traveling. According to the BLS, here are the states with the highest average salary for medical lab technologists:
- Alaska – $72,690
- Rhode Island – $68,000
- Connecticut – $67,900
- New York – $65,560
- Oregon – $64,880
It is hard to decide on a specific state, let alone a specific city, to move to when there are so many great options across the country. Starting a career as a medical lab technologist is a great way to gain access at new job opportunities and try out a new place to live! Staffing agencies like LRS Healthcare help connect qualified and reliable medical lab technologists with hospitals across the nation that are in need. Because demand is high due to the pandemic, there are many options for job opportunities. With competitive rates in all 50 states and a housing stipend to find you a safe and secure living situation, why not start? Reach out to learn more about our travel medical lab technologist positions with LRS Healthcare today!