Cytotechnologist - Job Description, Duties, Education, Skills, Salary, & Growth

Cytotechnologist


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Job Description

 

The study of cells and cellular anomalies are the domain of cytotechnologist laboratory professionals. They examine slides of human cells, using microscopes to look for any indication of abnormal growth or disease, such as cancerous or precancerous cells, infectious bacteria or viruses or inflammatory processes.

The cytotechnologist plays a vital role in the identification of a disease while it is still in a treatable stage. This early detection gives patients an improved probability of recovery.

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Responsibilities

 

Potentially infected or diseased cell specimens are collected from various sites on the body, including the lungs, female reproductive tract or digestive system.

They are then fixed on slides using special techniques that allow the cytotechnologist to examine them microscopically.

The cytotechnologist makes note of cellular changes that may indicate disease, then submits a report to a pathologist for a final evaluation.

Pathologists use the reports of the cytotechnologist to diagnose and recommend treatment for specific diseases.

In many cases, this can be done long before the disease process could be detected otherwise. An example is the use of fine needles to aspirate lesions, even when they are located deeply inside the body.

This procedure has greatly enhanced the ability to locate and diagnose tumors found in previously inaccessible sites.

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Skills

 

A mastery of the sciences, strong problem-solving skills, and decisive decision-making abilities are vital for a successful career in cytology.

They must be able to endure long stretches of time in a laboratory setting, working on the microscopic level, and must be able to work alone or as part of a team. 

Cytotechnologists must possess strong skills with computers and programs like Microsoft Excel, as well as a deep understanding of diagnostic methodology, equipment, and technologies.

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Working Conditions

 

Cytotechnologists usually find employment in hospitals or commercial laboratories. Those with experience may find opportunities to work in private industry or in research, supervisory and teaching positions.

Some cytotechnologists work independently to evaluate and report on normal cells, or may work in close collaboration with a pathologist to examine cells for disease or abnormal growth.

Geographic location plays a part in the employment opportunities and the salary ranges available to cytotechnologists. But the demand for these professionals is growing and is expected to continue growing into the future.

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Salary Outlook

Title Company Location Posted
04.19.2019
Under the direction of Pathologist, the Cytotechnologist performs microscopic examination of prepared slides of gynecologic (GYN) and non-gynecologic (Non-GYN) specimens to arrive at a cytopathologic diagnosis, exercising independent judgment and...
04.19.2019
Summary This position supports Mercy's philosophy of patient centered care by providing timely, high quality cytological preparation and diagnosis. The Cytotechnologist is responsible for specimen preparation and diagnosis of both gynecological...
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04.19.2019
Bachelor of Science Practices clinical laboratory science in the specialty of cytology. Responsible for the examination of materials or specimens taken from the human body to provide information for use in the diagnosis, prevention or...
04.19.2019
Under general supervision, performs basic processing and microscopic evaluation of Cytology specimens. Essential Responsibilities: Responsibilities listed in this section are core to the position. Inability to perform these responsibilities...
04.19.2019
Job Purpose: Performs and reports Cytology testing in a manner to promote the efficient operation of the laboratory and provide effective patient care. Duties and Responsibilities include: *familiar with the various methods of cyto-preparation,...
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Relocation assistance available per UVA Medical Center policy. Please contact Monica Morgan at 434-243-9321 or m.morgan@virginia.edu for additional information. Performs highly specialized and complex testing that involves the microscopic...
04.19.2019
Processes and prepares pathology and cytology specimens, as defined by CLIA, for pathologist and cytotechnologist interpretation. Job duties may consist of routine and special staining procedures, IHC and ISH, Mohs and routine frozen sections as...
04.19.2019
Processes and prepares pathology and cytology specimens, as defined by CLIA, for pathologist and cytotechnologist interpretation. Job duties may consist of routine and special staining procedures, IHC and ISH, Mohs and routine frozen sections as...
04.19.2019
The Cytologist participates in specialized and complex technical tasks involved in the processing and screening of cytologic specimens to detect evidence of cancer or other pathological conditions, ensuring the efficient and accurate testing of...
04.19.2019
$5,000 sign on bonus and $2,500 relocation (for greater than 50 miles)* - External Applicants only The Cytologist participates in specialized and complex technical tasks involved in the processing and screening of cytologic specimens to...
04.19.2019
The Cytology/Histology Lab Supervisor assures safe and efficient operational workflow through guidance and support of lab staff. They are responsible for leading and motivating personnel, supporting the laboratory by producing consistently high...
  1. Cytotechnologist Milford, MA Milford Regional Medical Center
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  2. Cytotechnologist Cedar Rapids, IA Mercy Cedar Rapids
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  3. CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
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  4. Cytotechnologist-Cert. Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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  5. Cytotechnologist - Anatomic Pathology Lab Oklahoma City, OK OU Medicine
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  6. Cytotechnologist Cambridge, MA Cambridge Health Alliance
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  7. Cytotechnologist-Histology/Anatomic Pathology - FT Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
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    Relocation assistance available per UVA Medical Center policy. Please contact Monica Morgan at 434-243-9321 or m.morgan@virginia.edu for additional information. Performs highly specialized and complex testing that involves the microscopic...
  10. Histotechnician (1.0FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
    Processes and prepares pathology and cytology specimens, as defined by CLIA, for pathologist and cytotechnologist interpretation. Job duties may consist of routine and special staining procedures, IHC and ISH, Mohs and routine frozen sections as...
  11. Histotechnician (1.0FTE) Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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  12. Lab Cytologist Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
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  13. Lab Cytologist Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
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  14. Lab Supervisor - Cyto/Histo Urbana, IL Carle Foundation
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