Over 3,000 laboratory tests are currently available for diagnostic use. With the completion of the Human Genome Project, introduction of new medical technologies will cause this number to more than double. Genomic laboratory testing allows identification and quantification of:
Clinical Laboratory ScientistsThe LLU CLS program currently provides 20 percent of California's clinical laboratory scientist graduates. What opportunities will these graduates have for employment and career advancement?
Reference laboratories provide laboratory services to medical clinics. Large regional reference labs are becoming major employers. These labs perform the more sophisticated, unusual, and esoteric laboratory tests. These are the Lab's Lab.
Molecular diagnostic services utilize genetic testing and molecular biology methods for diagnosis.
Veterinary medicine uses the same technologies and laboratory services as clinical medicine.
Research laboratories push the frontiers of new development in medicine, nutrition, genomics, biochemical, and cellular biology.
These companies develop, manufacture, and market products for:
scientific & medical applicationsPositions include:
laboratory supplies, reagents, and instrumentation
cellular culturing and harvesting
biochemical and chemical compounds
Technical specialists and advisors
Quality management specialists
CDC - Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
NIH - National Institutes of Health
Criminology and crime labs
Medical laboratories are becoming the medical information integration centers for patient care.
Computer and information management skills are in high demand, as systems are developed and maintained for entire hospital, medical center, scientific, and medical manufacturing institutions.