Clinical Laboratory Science
Cytotechnologist

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Salary: $41,454 - $54,600
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Hourly: $25.19 - $30.51
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Outlook: 3 Stars
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Length of Training: 4 years
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Cytotechnologists are specially trained medical technologists who prepare and evaluate cell samples from gynecologic and non-gynecologic sources. They examine the cells microscopically for color, size, shape, structure, and patterns. Abnormal changes in the cells may indicate cancer, hormonal problems, or other pathologic processes. Pathologists use the information supplied by cytotechnologists to make a final diagnosis. Cytotechnologists work with a variety of laboratory techniques and instruments, including special stains and the light microscope. Their job responsibilities are increasing with the advancement of new tumor identification techniques.

Areas of Specialization
With additional training, cytotechnologists can work in other subspecialties, such as chromosome banding techniques, molecular diagnosis, flow cytometry, and hematology for cytogenetics.

Work Environment
Cytotechnologists are employed at the staff level in hospital and private laboratories, university medical centers, and government facilities. Experienced cytotechnologists may work as supervisors, educators, researchers, and administrators.