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
04.17.2017
Bachelors Degree Summary The Cytotechnologist provides excellent customer service and works closely with co-workers to meet the needs of the pathologists, physicians and patients. Responsible for assisting in the collection of cytological...
04.17.2017
Bachelors Degree Summary The Cytotechnologist provides excellent customer service and works closely with co-workers to meet the needs of the pathologists, physicians and patients. Responsible for assisting in the collection of cytological...
04.21.2017
The Cytotechnologist is responsible for screening, evaluating, and reporting findings on GYN and NON-GYN specimens submitted to detect presence of cancer and other abnormal pathologic conditions. This position reports to the Section...
04.19.2017
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...
04.19.2017
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...
04.21.2017
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...
02.06.2017
Functioning within the Hospitals mission, values, objectives, procedures and policies, the Cytotechnologist prepares specimens for cytology evaluations. These preparations include various fixation and staining techniques. Performs screening...
04.21.2017
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...
04.21.2017
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...
12.27.2016
DescriptionCytotechnologist
04.07.2017
Department: LaboratoryA Life-Changing CareerPosition Summary: This is a temporary position with a projected end date of 12/31/17Responsibilities: Cytotechnologists provide diagnostic services for both gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens in...
04.21.2017
Find more than a job. Find more in yourself. Find your calling. Essentia Health seeks employees who embrace our commitment to patient-and family-centered care in communities both large and small. Were looking for people who are committed to...
04.21.2017
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...
  1. Cytotechnologist Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Summary The Cytotechnologist provides excellent customer service and works closely with co-workers to meet the needs of the pathologists, physicians and patients. Responsible for assisting in the collection of cytological...
  2. Cytotechnologist Fort Wayne, IN Parkview Health
    Bachelors Degree Summary The Cytotechnologist provides excellent customer service and works closely with co-workers to meet the needs of the pathologists, physicians and patients. Responsible for assisting in the collection of cytological...
  3. Cytotechnologist Northampton, MA Cooley Dickinson Hospital
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  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. Cytotechnologist Pascagoula, MS Singing River Health System
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  7. Cytotechnologist 400 Lima, OH Lima Memorial Health System
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  8. Cytotechnologist-Cert. Pinehurst, NC FirstHealth of the Carolinas
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  9. 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...
  10. Cytotechnologist Oklahoma City, OK St. Anthony Hospital
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  11. Cytotechnologist - Laboratory Job Rochester, MN Mayo Clinic - Rochester
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  12. Histologist (1.0 FTE) St. Mary's Medical Center Duluth, MN Essentia Health
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