What Can I Do with a Major in Medical Laboratory Science?

Medical Laboratory Science majors apply their scientific background and skills to the design, accurate performance, and evaluation of an ever-broadening range of complex laboratory diagnostic and research activities. Medical laboratory scientists are members of the professional healthcare team.

Medical Laboratory Science majors*:

  • performing analyses which require a complex network of steps and variables
  • troubleshoot and monitor sophisticated instruments
  • confirm and verify results of laboratory tests
  • write reports, articles, and grant proposals
  • test hypotheses

Medical Laboratory Science majors from Miami University have pursued a wide range of avenues following completion of their degree. Graduates may specialize within the clinical laboratory, public health laboratory, forensics, research or industrial laboratory in hematology, chemistry, or microbiology. Additionally, the Medical Laboratory Science major provides an excellent course foundation for graduate school and medical school.

After becoming professionally certified, Medical Laboratory Science graduates generally work in hospital laboratories, private laboratories, public health laboratories, industrial laboratories, research institutions, teaching institutions, and in medical programs sponsored by such groups as the Peace Corps and Project Hope.

Possible Medical Laboratory Science careers include**:

  • medical lab scientist
  • hospital epidemiologist
  • research lab scientist
  • forensic (crime) scientist
  • infection control specialist
  • public health lab scientist

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Medical Laboratory Science majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Medical Laboratory Science majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.