Careers and Outcomes

Lab science student testing blood samples.

Like health care and science, but not direct patient care?

Try a career in clinical laboratory science. You can shine behind the scenes.

What does a clinical laboratory scientist do?

Picture yourself as a health care detective.

You work in the lab, where you solve problems, find issues and confirm results.

Have you ever been tested for COVID-19 or an infection? A clinical lab scientist (CLS) helped you.

As a CLS, you do tests and analysis in areas like:

  • Chemistry
  • Cytology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Serology

You’re the unsung hero for people and places within health care – hospitals, clinics, physicians and more.

What you find in the lab helps to diagnose, monitor and treat patients.

You can uncover early warning signs for cancer, heart issues and genetic diseases.

Is clinical laboratory science a good career?

Yes. It pays well and there’s a high demand for your services.



Median salary for clinical laboratory scientists.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics
Alumni employment


All Missouri State CLS graduates are employed in the field.
Job growth


Jobs for clinical lab scientists/technologists are projected to grow 7% this decade. That’s faster than average for all occupations.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Where can you work with a degree in clinical laboratory sciences?

You’ll have many options. Common employers include:

  • Blood banks
  • Business/industry labs
  • Clinics
  • Forensic labs
  • Hospitals
  • Research
  • Veterinary offices

Wherever you want to work, you’ll have the right background and credentials.

Through our program, you’ll be ready to earn your certification after you graduate.

With certification, you increase your earning power and career potential.