The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for all medical and clinical technologists will grow faster than the average through 2020 because there are currently more open positions than available applicants. There is expected to be an increase of 17 percent in job openings. Employment will grow fastest in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and other ambulatory health care services. Advances in technology have made many new diagnostic tests possible, but advances in technology have also caused much automation to take place in the laboratory. So, while there are new tests for the cytotechnologist to perform, there are also fewer old tests that need the cytotechnologist's expert handling. However, it is important to note that government regulations currently limit the number of slides cytotechnologists may work with each day, adding to demand for workers in this field.

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