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48. Clinical Laboratory Scientist

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Clinical Laboratory Scientist
Median pay: $68,000
Top pay: $105,000
10-year job growth: 36.4%
Total jobs*: 100,000
What they do all day? When a person has an illness, whether it's relatively mild like strep throat or serious like cancer, medical tests of organ, tissue, or cell samples are usually used to confirm it. Clinical laboratory specialists conduct those tests, as well as a variety of others, and analyze them. They can also evaluate the effect of drugs on certain diseases in order to come up with treatments. --J.A.

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Published: October 29, 2012
Notes: All pay data from PayScale.com. Median pay is for an experienced worker (at least five or seven years in the field). Top pay represents the 90th percentile. Job growth is estimated for 2010-20, and based on people working in broader 'job family' from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
*Total jobs is estimated number of people working in broader BLS 'job family.'

Sources: PayScale.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and CNNMoney research
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