Cytotechnologists

Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.

Median Annual Wage: $59,430

Education: Post-baccalaureate certificate (62%); Bachelor's degree (38%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Cytotechnologist; Cytology Manager; Cytology Laboratory Manager (Cytology Lab Manager); Cytology Supervisor; Cytotechnologist Supervisor; Cytotechnologist/Cytology Supervisor; Cytotechnologist/Histotechnologist; Senior Cytotechnologist; Staff Cytotechnologist; Technical Specialist, Cytology

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Cytotechnologists.

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  • Examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
  • Provide patient clinical data or microscopic findings to assist pathologists in the preparation of pathology reports.
  • Document specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
  • Maintain effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.
  • Prepare and analyze samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
  • Examine specimens using microscopes to evaluate specimen quality.
  • Assist pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples such as by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
  • Assign tasks or coordinate task assignments to ensure adequate performance of laboratory activities.
  • Adjust, maintain, or repair laboratory equipment such as microscopes.
  • Attend continuing education programs that address laboratory issues.
  • Examine specimens to detect abnormal hormone conditions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Cytotechnologists.

  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Cytotechnologists.

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