risk level
Based on 16 votes
by year 2032
or $29.22 per hour
as of 2023

Employment data isn't available specifically for this occupation from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, so we are using the data from Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians.


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Automation risk

92% (Imminent Risk)

Imminent Risk (81-100%): Occupations in this level have an extremely high likelihood of being automated in the near future. These jobs consist primarily of repetitive, predictable tasks with little need for human judgment.

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Some quite important qualities of the job are difficult to automate:

  • Finger Dexterity

  • Manual Dexterity

  • Social Perceptiveness

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73% chance of full automation within the next two decades

Our visitors have voted that it's probable this occupation will be automated. This assessment is further supported by the calculated automation risk level, which estimates 92% chance of automation.

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Fast growth relative to other professions

The number of 'Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians' job openings is expected to rise 6.6% by 2032

Total employment, and estimated job openings

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the period between 2021 and 2031
Updated projections are due 09-2023.


Moderately paid relative to other professions

In 2023, the median annual wage for 'Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians' was $60,780, or $29 per hour

'Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians' were paid 26.5% higher than the national median wage, which stood at $48,060

Wages over time

* Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics


Significantly greater range of job opportunities compared to other professions

As of 2023 there were 334,380 people employed as 'Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians' within the United States.

This represents around 0.22% of the employed workforce across the country

Put another way, around 1 in 454 people are employed as 'Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians'.

Job description

Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.

SOC Code: 29-2011.02


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jared (Highly likely) says
i can imagine that it would be pretty easy to train an AI on a large database of images of slides. I could also imagine this AI being able to detect disease with a higher accuracy rate than a human. As for the necessary manual dexterity involved in the process, I don't think that people with advanced degrees will be needed to make sure a slide is properly positioned under a microscope. Most jobs in the medical field that will be performed by humans will simply be assisting AI, training AI and double checking results for errors.
Apr 12, 2023 at 09:26 PM

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