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Employment for medical laboratory technicians is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2022, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. As the aging population grows and the number of people who are covered by health insurance expands, the demand for laboratory tests will increase. Advances in technology will have both positive and negative effects on employment in this career. The development of new tests and procedures is expected to increase opportunities, but at the same time many tests are being simplified so that health care professionals and patients can perform them themselves. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in 2012, there were 161,500 medical and clinical laboratory technicians employed in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to 209,400 by 2022.