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Employment for clinical laboratory workers is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2020, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. As the aging population grows, 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 Department of Labor, in 2012, there were 157,920 medical and clinical laboratory technologists and technicians employed in the United States, and that number is expected to grow to 188,600 by 2020.