Above-average occupational growth is expected in Alberta for 2016 to 2020. Job openings are a result of employment turnover and newly created positions.
Graduates of technical and degree programs are employed in:
- hospital laboratories
- public health departments
- pharmaceutical laboratories
- veterinary research clinics
- agricultural, industrial, government or private laboratories
- post-secondary institutions
- scientific supply companies.
In smaller clinical laboratories, technologists perform general duties in all sections of the laboratory. In large labs, they may perform general duties or specialize in a particular area.
Advancement opportunities depend on ability and qualifications (experience and education).
Medical laboratory technologists are part of the larger 2011 National Occupational Classification 3211: Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants. In Alberta, 89% of people employed in this classification work in the Health Care and Social Assistance (PDF) industry.
The employment outlook in this occupation will be influenced by a wide variety of factors including:
- trends and events affecting overall employment (especially in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry)
- location in Alberta
- employment turnover (work opportunities generated by people leaving existing positions)
- occupational growth (work opportunities resulting from the creation of new positions that never existed before)
- size of the occupation.
Over 2,000 Albertans are employed in the Medical laboratory technologists and pathologists' assistants occupational group. This group is expected to have an above-average annual growth of 3.7% from 2016 to 2020. As a result, 74 new positions are forecast to be created each year, in addition to job openings created by employment turnover. Note: As medical laboratory technologists form only a part of this larger occupational group, only some of these newly created positions will be for medical laboratory technologists.
Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation retire over the next few years.