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Projected Job Openings

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Job Description

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

Common job titles of Cytotechnologists include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 61.54% said they needed a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate.

  • 38.46% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Submit slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.

    Assist pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy or other method.

    Prepare cell samples by applying special staining techniques, such as chromosomal staining, to differentiate cells or cell components.

    Adjust, maintain, or repair laboratory equipment, such as microscopes.

    Examine specimens, using microscopes, to evaluate specimen quality.

    Prepare and analyze samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.

    Maintain effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.

    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.

    Assign tasks or coordinate task assignments to ensure adequate performance of laboratory activities.

    Attend continuing education programs that address laboratory issues.

    Examine specimens to detect abnormal hormone conditions.

    Perform karyotyping or organizing of chromosomes according to standardized ideograms.


Stereoscopic magnifiers

Stereo microscopes

Slide filing cabinets

Round bottom flasks

Radiant heaters

Personal computers

Paraffin dispensers

All Tools

Measuring cylinders

Magnetic shakers

Laboratory water baths

Laboratory refrigerators

Laboratory binocular microscopes

Glass pipettes


Fluorescent microscopes

Flow cytometers

Fine needles

Electronic sterilizers

Distilled water units

Digital cameras

Desktop computers


Conical flasks

Confocal microscopes

Compound light microscopes


Centrifuge tubes


Automatic tissue processors

Automatic slide stainers

Automatic coverslippers


Analytical balances


MEDITECH software

Antek HealthWare LabDAQ

Aspyra CyberLAB

Cerner Millennium PathNet

Clinical Software Solutions CLIN1 Suite

ClinLab LIS

Comp Pro Med Polytech

All Technologies


CSS CLS-2000

Custom Software Systems StarLab

Elekta Impac Software IntelliLab

EpicLab Laboratory Information System

eTeleNext LIS

Fletcher-Flora Health Care Systems FFlex eSuite LIS

Fletcher-Flora Health Care Systems LabPak LIS

Fortius Lab Systems Clinical LIS

GE Healthcare Centricity Laboratory

Healthvision TDSynergy LIS

HEX Laboratory Systems LAB/HEX

Laboratory information system LIS

LabSoft LabNet

McKesson Horizon Lab

Multidata Computer Systems MultiTech


Omnitech OMNILAB

Orchard Software Orchard Harvest LIS

Psyche Systems LabWeb

Quality Software Systems LabHealth

SCC Soft Computer SoftLab

Schuyler House SchuyLab

Seacoast Laboratory Data Systems SurroundLab Plus

Siemens NOVIUS Lab


Sunquest Information Systems Sunquest Laboratory


Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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