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

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04.17.2018
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05.18.2018
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05.18.2018
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05.14.2018
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05.18.2018
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05.18.2018
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