Because the BLS occupational information for medical laboratory professions, including data on employment and wages, is sometimes referenced for median wages and job growth, it is worth mentioning that this year the BLS has combined the occupations of Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists with that of Technicians. In the past they provided separate data. The May 2017 data combines technologist and technician median wages. Please be aware that if you are referencing this information it is no longer separate for the two occupations. The median wage data is now $51,770 or $24.89/hour. The occupation category (29-2010) is now titled "Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians".
Initially career exploration sites like CareerOneStop and O*NET OnLine did not indicate that the wages were combined which made it appear that the median wages for technologists/scientists had fallen by approximately $10,000, but wages for technicians had risen by more than $10,000. Both sites now have added comments indicating that this wage data has been combined for the two occupations. However, there may be other career information sites that have not followed suit.
Yes, what James Griffith said. Names do matter!. I think CLS/CLT was a snapshot in time. NCA used those titles to be more descriptive of our profession and more accurate than MT/MLT. Some states like California adopted that title (CLS) for their lab practitioner license. With the ASCP merger we of course went to MLS/MLT titles. Those should be THE titles/credentials and we should push for their use in discussions, writing, academia, program titles. It's OK to do the "also known as" or "previously called" but it should be clear the correct, current titles are MLS and MLT. I still write in to correct articles in the press that refer to lab technicians and even medical technologists. They often respond favorably and thank me for the education. I just think we ought to sick to the correct/preferred title and point out as appropriate that the other titles may be seen from time to time but are outdated.