RE: Labor Shortage

From:"Breckenridge, Richard A."

In addition: At the ASCP website where you find the wage and vacancy survey, there is also a group of graphs for Powerpoint that do a better job illustrating the market trends. This is probably the single most important issue facing the future of our profession. Retirements and career shifts of current personnel over the next 5-10 years are going to decimate our ranks. The laws of supply and demand will fuel the wage increases, bonuses, and other extra benefits. Okay, I'll get off my podium and quit preaching!  If you have any other questions, feel free to contact me directly or visit my lab's website (which will be getting a Dreamweaver makeover very soon!) at and click on the special procedures link. CYA

Richard A. Breckenridge HT(ASCP)
Technical Supervisor
UTMB Special Procedures Laboratory
Clinical Sciences Building Room 504
Galveston, TX  77555-0748
Phone 409-772-8051   Fax 409-772-8030

-----Original Message-----
From: Morken, Tim []
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2003 8:57 AM
Subject: RE: Labor Shortage

Check out the ASCP wage and vacancy survey:
Also, look through Advance magzine ( to see the histolotech ads - many are giving anywhere from 2K - 5K sign-on bonuses and even moving expenses. That alone shows the desperation many places feel in recruiting.
T im Morken
CDC, Atlanta
From: Barbara Murray []
Sent: Tuesday, March 11, 2003 8:48 PM
Subject: Labor Shortage

I have been asked by my lab manager to get as much information as possible on the labor market shortage of histotechs.. He needs this to establish a histotech position as "hard to fill.  With this info, it would give us greater flexibility in our salary scale.
If I could get feedback on this, it would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance for your response and have a great day!
Barbara A. Murray, HT.(ASCP)
The Alaska Native Medical Center
Pathology Dept.
Anchorage, Alaska

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