Cytotechnologists


Overview

Cytotechnologists

Introduction

Cytotechnologists are laboratory specialists who study cells under microscopes, searching for cell abnormalities such as changes in color, shape, or size that might indicate the presence of disease. They work under the direction of pathologists. Cytotechnologists may also assist pathologists in the collection of body cells from various body sites, prepare slides, keep records, file reports, and consult with coworkers and pathologists. Most cytotechnologists work in private medical laboratories or in the laboratories of hospitals or ...

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Median Salary

$52,330

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Employment Prospects

Excellent

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Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree


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Experience

On-the-job training


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Skills

Computer


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Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Earnings

Salaries are determined by the experience and education of the cytotechnologist and by the type and size of employer. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that clinical laboratory technologists and technicians, including cytotechnologists, earned a median annual salary of $52,330 in May 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $29,910 or less, and the highes...

Work Environment

Cytotechnologists usually work independently in a well-lighted laboratory examining slides under the microscope. Often this involves sitting at a workstation for a considerable length of time and requires intense concentration. Some cytotechnologists assist other medical personnel with the direct collection of cell samples from patients. This type of work requires interacting directly with peop...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for all clinical technologists and technicians will grow much faster than the average for all careers from 2018 to 2028. There will be many opportunities in medical and diagnostic laboratories, offices of physicians, and other ambulatory health care services.

Much of this growth is attributed to the aging population, who require more ...

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