The Medical Laboratory Scientist Personnel Shortage And The Future Of Lab Medicine


It was recently reported that the United States molecular diagnostics market is expected to exceed $9 billion by 2024 due to the increased incidence of infectious diseases and different types of cancer. In fact, there are at least 4 billion laboratory tests performed in the U.S. each year used to generate data on these diseases.


As this market continues to increase, so does the need for medical laboratory scientists. Correspondingly, there is a 22 percent projected growth of medical laboratory jobs that are needed to help physicians and patients detect and treat diseases faster. The United States’ population aged 65 and over will be comprised of around 83.7 million citizens in 2050. This increase in the aging population will lead to a greater need to diagnose medical conditions, such as cancer or type-2 diabetes, through laboratory procedures.


To learn more about the growing molecular diagnostics market and the future of medical laboratory science, check out the graphic below created by the University of Cincinnati.




New Publication: Biobanking Weekly


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The inaugural issue of Biobanking Weekly is coming to you just as the Global Biobank Week is closing providing leaders at the cutting edge of Biobanking to set the agenda for the months ahead. Important developments in biobanking this week include contributions to understanding of type 1 diabetes, the risks of 9/11 responders to fall victim to human papilloma virus (HPV) related head and neck cancers, new targets for osteoporosis treatment, advances in banking prostate cancer samples, the use of cystic fibrosis biobanks, the testing of drones for sample delivery, and the adoption of lean sigma six for efficient management and distribution of samples. Very exciting developments with plenty more forecast for the coming weeks.