There were 6.2 million scientists and engineers employed in the United States as of 2012, according to the
Congressional Research Service. These professionals constituted 4.8% of the workforce at that time. By 2014, however, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)) reported that there were 328,200 employed medical and clinical laboratory technicians.
Given the number of scientists and engineers that are leaving and/or retiring from the field, the BLS projects that by 2022, a total of 1.3 million more will be needed to fill various positions. Furthermore, they also project there will be approximately 2.3 million employment opportunities being filled between 2014 and 2022. Currently, there are roughly 13,500 labs and other facilities in operation.
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