Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Extensive Preparation Needed
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.
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Round bottom flasks
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Laboratory water baths
Laboratory binocular microscopes
Distilled water units
Compound light microscopes
Automatic tissue processors
Automatic slide stainers
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Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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.
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