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Cytotechnologists

Also called: Cytologist, Cytology Applications Specialist, Cytology Coordinator, Cytotechnologist

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What they do:
Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
  • Document specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
  • Submit slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Business
  • administrative services

Skills

Basic Skills
  • reading work related information
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
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
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Cooperation

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
  • Prognosis Innovation Healthcare ChartAccess
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Expert system software
  • Ansible software Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 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
$54,180
$31,450
$83,700
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