Clinical laboratory science professor salary & career outlook

clinical lab science professor

Medical technology, also called clinical laboratory science, is an allied health profession. The medical technologists who work in the field perform a variety of laboratory procedures that provide the information that physicians use to detect, diagnose and treat disease.

In addition to pre-professional classes in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics, coursework for a bachelor's degree in clinical laboratory science can include anatomy, general biology, microbiology, immunology, general, organic, and quantitative chemistry, and more.

A clinical laboratory science professor teaches the different coursework required in medical technology programs, which can include biology, clinical chemistry, hematology and a host of other subjects. Professors in clinical laboratory science often teach a group of related subjects, such as microbiology, virology, mycology and toxicology. Professorial duties can include lecturing to large groups, leading seminars, developing and monitoring laboratory experiments, grading papers and exams, mentoring students, supervising graduate students, keeping current in your field of expertise, meeting with colleagues, and publishing.

Educational requirements, employment projections for clinical laboratory science professors

Educational requirements for professors vary significantly by subject area and the educational institution that employs them, but most four-year colleges and universities require professors to have a doctoral degree, which generally requires about six years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment opportunities for postsecondary professors will grow faster than average at 15 percent between 2008 and 2018. Ph.D. recipients will be the most competitive in the tenure track job market but part-time or non-tenure track professors should have an easier time finding employment.

States with top salaries for health specialities professors

Clinical laboratory science professors in health specialties, such as biochemistry, chemistry, biology and laboratory medicine had a 2010 salary range of $40,20 to $135,6600, according to the BLS. Colleges, universities and professional schools paid $113,360. Health specialties professors earned high wages in the following states:

  • Iowa ($129,820)
  • Michigan ($127,880)
  • Wisconsin ($103,610)

These states have costs of living below the national midrange, ranking number 14, 18 and 23, respectively. The Salt Lake City metro area topped all three states by paying its health specialties professors $137,860.

Chemistry and biology laboratory science professors

According to the BLS, salaries for chemistry professors in 2010 ranged from $40,970 to $133,540, with those working at colleges and universities earning $83,250. Two New York state metro areas paid their chemistry professors the best salaries--Rochester at $111,670 and White Plains at $97,930. Although the state of New York has a high cost of living, Rochester and White Plains are less expensive than the Big Apple. Texas weighs in again: the Austin metro area paid $112,450.

The salary range for biology professors was $40,380 to $153,540 in 2010, with colleges and universities paying mean annual wages of $90,890. Texas ($112,690) and Alabama ($122,950) paid their biology professors the highest salaries, with El Paso and Houston in the top five paying metro areas in the country. With a cost of living that is the 5th lowest in the nation, Texas looks like a good place to earn a living as a biology professor in clinical laboratory science; Alabama also has a low cost of living at number 11.

All major medical publications are projecting astonishing growth in medical technology. As a clinical laboratory science professor, you can teach tomorrow's medical technologists what they need to know to realize that future.

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