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Cytogenetic Technologists

Also called: Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics (CLSp(CG)), Cytogenetic Technologist, Senior Cytogenetic Technologist, Senior Cytogenetics Laboratory Director

What they do:
Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, and blood to aid in the study, diagnosis, or treatment of genetic diseases.
On the job, you would:
  • Count numbers of chromosomes and identify the structural abnormalities by viewing culture slides through microscopes, light microscopes, or photomicroscopes.
  • Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or abnormal chromosomes.
  • Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and hematological disorders.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Hand and Finger Use
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • keep your arm or hand steady
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Analytical or scientific software
  • Cell Bioscience Automated Image Capture
  • Geniel Genetics iGene
Data base user interface and query software
  • Genial Genetics iPassport QMS
  • Genial Genetics Shire

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$58,430
per year, on average
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