Celebrating Lab Week 2020
As we celebrate Lab Week 2020, Whitney would like to thank clinical laboratory personnel for the job they do every day. Laboratory professionals in the USA and around the globe are vital to every aspect of health care, and make a difference in the safety and health for millions of people through disease prevention and diagnosis. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW), now in its 44th year, provides us all a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and show our appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.
Thank you for your hard work and dedication. We appreciate you!
At Whitney, we have always had an appreciation of all of the work that laboratory professionals do, but truly, never more than now – with increased demand and work in progress related to COVID-19. The unprecedented challenges labs are facing and the relentless passion with which these challenges are being met is remarkable. You’ve been the teams behind the scenes much of the time, but the thing is that we know you have always brought this same energy to your work - even when your role isn’t under the global spotlight.
There is a workforce shortage in this field.
According to the American Society for Microbiology, there are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States, and the demand in this field is high. As published in a Clinical Laboratory Workforce Shortage report by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in 2018, it was cited that the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a nationwide need for a 13% average increase in medical laboratory technologists and technicians between 2016 and 2026. Also cited, the US Department of Health and Human Services, Human Resources and Service Administration (HRSA), projects a substantial increase in demand/growth for medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians between 2012 and 2025 of 22%. Check with your local colleges and universities to learn more about getting into this impactful field.