Back to Blog Why Now is the Time to Advance Your Career in Medical Laboratory Science Leadership BlogStudent StoriesUC Online News Share Share on FacebookFollow us on LinkedInShare on PinterestShare via Email In many facets of the medical science field, from hematology to cryogenics, effective leadership in a laboratory is crucial. The COVID-19 pandemic is one of the more obvious examples of unprecedented pressure being put on laboratories to deliver accurate results in a timely fashion. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects steady job growth across this field throughout the entire U.S. over the next decade. As a result of this growth, trained laboratory professionals are in greater demand now and more so than that, the need for leadership and experienced educators to ensure that this field thrives. The International Journal of Biomedical Laboratory Science (IJBLS), edited by UC’s own Dr. Patricia Tille, states that there are several contributing factors to this, all which support that now is the perfect time to advance your career in medical laboratory science. These include a growing need for leadership amidst growing vacancies, advancements in technology and education, and new areas of opportunity emerging. A Growing Need for Laboratory Leadership: If you have kept up with the news in the last 10 years, you may have heard the concerns over many expected retirements from the Baby Boomer generation. The laboratory sciences are certainly not excluded from these concerns. For example, organizations such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology and the American Association of Clinical Chemistry both have stated that they expect a reduction in crucial staff due to retirements, particularly among supervisors. Supervisor roles in medical laboratories are difficult to fill, especially today, due to the shortage of trained professionals. The Master of Medical Lab Science Leadership at the University of Cincinnati provides instruction to hone the leadership and laboratory skills of those already in the field to ensure that they are more than qualified to lead a laboratory team. With nationally renowned faculty like Dr. Tille, at UC students learn the best from the best in their fields of interest. This program is not exclusive to just those with a medical laboratory science degree, such as the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science at UC and can benefit those with a broader science background seeking to advance in their career into leadership roles. Ready to Take Your Laboratory Science Career to the Next Level? If you already have laboratory experience in industry, a specialty laboratory, research, veterinary science, clinical laboratory, education, or other related laboratory and are ready to excel in your career even further, the Master of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership through the University of Cincinnati Online is a great next step. A fully online, asynchronous program led by elites in the industry will provide you with the latest training while still allowing you to fulfill your obligations outside of your studies. Advancements in Laboratory Technology and Education: It’s no secret that technology is constantly advancing and that this allows for greater efficiency in all professions. The advancements in molecular diagnostics that have led to the diagnosis and treatment of complex human diseases in cancer biology and infectious diseases are on the cutting edge of medicine. Diagnostic technological advancements have also led to the identification of new human blood groups and techniques to improve patient care. Not only has technology had a significant impact on laboratory diagnostics but also on the ability of educators to provide a state-of-the-art curriculum to anyone across the globe. Through advances in online learning, perpetuated by the need during the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Accrediting Association for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS) recognizes it as a viable tool for training new professionals in the field. The structure of the Master of Medical Laboratory Science Leadership program is asynchronous, which gives students the opportunity to take control of their learning schedule and complete coursework on their time (provided they meet deadlines). With asynchronous courses, students don’t have to worry about logging onto lectures at a specific time. They can do work on their schedule which is perfect flexibility for full-time professionals working toward a higher degree. If you’re ready to learn more, contact an advisor online, or call (833) 556-8611 today.