The U.S. Bureau of Labor: Workforce Employment Statistics
The US Bureau of Labor in 2009 stated that employment numbers of Medical Laboratory Scientists for 2008 were 172,000 and projected to be 193,000 in 2018. The total job openings for MLS due to growth and net replacements between 2008 and 2018 is 53,000.
Employment numbers for Medical Laboratory Technicians for 2008 were 156,000 and projected to be 181,000 in 2018. The total job openings due to growth and net replacements for MLTs between 2008 and 2018 is 55,000.
Source: BLS, 2009a. Employment by occupation, 2008 and projected 2018.