Bad News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories: Med Techs Rank Number 3 on List of Most-Educated and Least-Paid Professions

 UPDATE–DECEMBER 20, 2011:   Since the original publication of this Dark Daily e-briefing on December 19, 2011, the version of the story published by 24/7 Wall Street on November 15, 2011 has been edited following a letter, dated December 19, 2011, that was sent by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). 24/7 Wall Street has removed the profession it titled “Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians” from its list of the “most-educated and least-paid” professions. It has also added a correction at the bottom of the story that is titled “The Seven Jobs That Require the Most Education, but Pay the Least.”   Dark Daily is leaving this e-briefing unedited, as it accurately describes the original list of seven “most-educated, least-paid” professions that was published by 24/7 Wall Street. 

More than 156,000 well-educated medical technologists and clinical laboratory scientists earn less than most professions

Most medical technologists (MT) and clinical laboratory scientists (CLS) recognize that they don’t earn salaries that are comparable to many other professions that require a four-year college degree and additional professional training. Now a recent survey confirms that widely-held belief by ranking med techs and CLSs as the number three job on the list of most-educated and least-paid professions.

In a recent 24/7 Wall St. article, “The Seven Jobs That Require the Most Education, but Pay the Least,” Reporter Michael B. Sauter identified seven occupations that typically require at least a four-year college degree but which offer some of the lowest professional salaries. Sauter noted that the average college graduate in 2010 owed $25,250 in student loans, an all-time high.