Cytogenetic Technologists


Overview

Cytogenetic Technologists

Introduction

Cytogenetic technologists research chromosomes in biological samples to analyze for genetic diseases and disorders. They use microscopes and various medical imaging equipment to study samples such as bodily fluids, bone marrow, blood, tissue, and other genetic material from patients. Cytogenetic technologists maintain records and write reports of their studies. They consult with other laboratory workers and pathologists. Most technologists work in private medical laboratories or in the laboratories of hospitals or research facilitie...

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Median Salary

$68,935

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

One or more years experience


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Salaries for cytogenetic technologists vary based on education, work experience, and type of employer. Salary.com reported that in September 2019, the median annual salary for cytogenetic technologists was $68,935. Salaries ranged from $62,682 or less to $76,191 or higher.

Medical and clinical laboratory technicians, including cytogenetic technologists, earned a median annual salary of $...

Work Environment

Cytogenetic technologists work in climate-controlled, well-lighted laboratories, spending much of their time using microscopes, medical imaging equipment, and computers. The job requires intense concentration for accuracy or exactness. Technologists must follow laboratory procedures and protocols. The job can be stressful at times, especially when working under deadline pressure. Cytogenetic te...

Outlook

Employment of clinical laboratory technologists and technicians (including cytogenetic technologists) is projected to grow 11 percent, much faster than the average for all careers, from 2018 to 2028, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 

Cytogenetic technologists will continue to be needed by medical and diagnostic laboratories and research facilities to identify genetic disorders ...

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