Clinical laboratory scientists/medical technologists analyze human blood and other body fluids using a variety of methods and precision instruments.
The results of these analyses are used to determine the presence or absence of disease, help determine appropriate treatment, monitor therapy, and assess health.
In addition to performance and interpretation of laboratory procedures, clinical laboratory scientists may be involved in selection of lab methods or analyzers, as well as in training, supervision, and consultation with other health care professionals.
A CLS degree also prepares one for employment opportunities outside the hospital setting. Diverse job opportunities include employment in the following areas:
- Public health, research, forensic, industrial, and veterinary laboratories
- Pharmaceutical companies
- Fertility centers
- Laboratory computer specialization
- Laboratory consulting
A CLS major is also a good background for graduate school and medical school.