What You Can Do With This Degree

Medical 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.  Most graduates are employed in medical facilities such as hospitals and clinics.

In addition to performance and interpretation of laboratory procedures, medical 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 MLS degree also prepares one for employment opportunities outside the hospital setting. Diverse job opportunities include employment in the following areas:

  • Reference laboratories
  • Public health, research, industrial, and veterinary laboratories
  • Forensic crime laboratories
  • Fertility centers
  • Laboratory computer specialization
  • Education
  • Laboratory consulting
  • Medical equipment service or sales

UIS has had a graduate go into almost every one of the above fields, showing that our program provides a solid educational foundation and not a solely vocational education.  A MLS major is also a good background for graduate school and medical school.  In the past ten years we have had graduates get their masters of public health and others became (or are in the process of becoming) physician assistants, pathology assistants, physicians, a pharmacist, a physical therapist, a medical ethicist, and even a lawyer!