The Clinical Laboratory Workforce: The Changing Picture of Supply, Demand, Education, and Practice


Susan A. Chapman, Patricia Franks, Vanessa Lindler, Kory Ward-Cook

Jul. 13, 2005

The objective of the study was to produce a report to inform the health professions educational community, the health care community, and the public about issues related to the clinical laboratory workforce. Research questions addressed the size of the workforce, demographic characteristics, role of various types of clinical laboratory workers, educational requirements, scope of practice, magnitude of any workforce shortage, key factors impacting the supply of and demand for workers, and issues that are expected to influence the future of the workforce.