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
01.01.2018
BS/BA Required; Masters preferred Salary: Job Grade 19 Position Summary: The Cytotechnologist satisfactorily screens non-gynecologic cytology specimens in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with the laboratory procedure manual....
01.15.2018
NorDx is currently seeking applicants for Cytotechnologist in Scarborough. The Cytotechnologist independently performs detailed and complex analyses of gynecological and non-gynecological specimens to detect the presence of abnormal cells....
01.15.2018
Under the general supervision of the Cytology Supervisor following standard laboratory methods and established SRHS policies and procedures, the Cytotechnologist plans, organizes and performs daily activities of the Cytology Section of the...
11.17.2017
- CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY (LAB005NZ) Job Description CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY-LAB005NZ Description Performs specialized and complex technical tasks in screening slides of clinical specimens to detect evidence of...
01.15.2018
Under supervision, receives, prepares and microscopically screens specimens of body fluids and other cellular materials in order to detect the presence of cancer and other pathological conditions. Maintains records, performs related clerical...
01.15.2018
Bachelor's of Science Experience is required Purpose and Scope: Responsible for processing, staining and microscopically screening and classifying cells based on specific criteria from body fluids and exfoliative cytology (Pap smears)...
01.15.2018
Cytotechnologist-Histology Laboratory-Mercy Medical Center-FT (Days) Schedule-Full-time Job-Professional Clinical/Allied Health Daily Schedule-days Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-None Primary...
12.19.2017
Job Purpose This position is responsible for serving both internal and external customers by performing a variety of laboratory procedures in accordance with Ridgeview Medical Center philosophy, policies, and procedures and in accordance with...
01.03.2018
Responsible for receiving, preparing and evaluating patient cytological specimens for cancerous and non-malignant changes. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in The Methodist Mission, Vision and Values.
01.15.2018
Works with end users and technical group to provide operational and technical support, troubleshooting, and/or recommend process or system improvements. Supports and implements patient safety practices as appropriate. Supports and demonstrates...
  1. Cytotechnologist Spartanburg, SC Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System
    BS/BA Required; Masters preferred Salary: Job Grade 19 Position Summary: The Cytotechnologist satisfactorily screens non-gynecologic cytology specimens in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with the laboratory procedure manual....
  2. Cytotechnologist Portland, MA MaineHealth
    NorDx is currently seeking applicants for Cytotechnologist in Scarborough. The Cytotechnologist independently performs detailed and complex analyses of gynecological and non-gynecological specimens to detect the presence of abnormal cells....
  3. Cytotechnologist Pascagoula, MS Singing River Health System
    Under the general supervision of the Cytology Supervisor following standard laboratory methods and established SRHS policies and procedures, the Cytotechnologist plans, organizes and performs daily activities of the Cytology Section of the...
  4. CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY Chapel Hill, NC UNC Health Care
    - CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY (LAB005NZ) Job Description CYTOTECHNOLOGIST - SURGICAL PATHOLOGY-LAB005NZ Description Performs specialized and complex technical tasks in screening slides of clinical specimens to detect evidence of...
  5. Cytotechnologist Newark, OH Licking Memorial Health Systems
    Under supervision, receives, prepares and microscopically screens specimens of body fluids and other cellular materials in order to detect the presence of cancer and other pathological conditions. Maintains records, performs related clerical...
  6. Cytotechnologist Arlington, VA Virginia Hospital Center
    Bachelor's of Science Experience is required Purpose and Scope: Responsible for processing, staining and microscopically screening and classifying cells based on specific criteria from body fluids and exfoliative cytology (Pap smears)...
  7. Cytotechnologist-Histology Laboratory-Mercy Medical Center-FT (Days) Des Moines, IA Mercy Medical Center Des Moines
    Cytotechnologist-Histology Laboratory-Mercy Medical Center-FT (Days) Schedule-Full-time Job-Professional Clinical/Allied Health Daily Schedule-days Scheduled Hours per 2-week Pay Period-80 Weekends Required-None Primary...
  8. Cytotechnologist, Casual, Waconia Waconia, MN Ridgeview Medical Center
    Job Purpose This position is responsible for serving both internal and external customers by performing a variety of laboratory procedures in accordance with Ridgeview Medical Center philosophy, policies, and procedures and in accordance with...
  9. Cytotechnologist Full Time Days (University) Job Memphis, TN Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
    Responsible for receiving, preparing and evaluating patient cytological specimens for cancerous and non-malignant changes. Models appropriate behavior as exemplified in The Methodist Mission, Vision and Values.
  10. Application System Specialist (Beaker - Pathology) St. Cloud, MN CentraCare Health
    Works with end users and technical group to provide operational and technical support, troubleshooting, and/or recommend process or system improvements. Supports and implements patient safety practices as appropriate. Supports and demonstrates...