Cytogenetic Technologists

Cytogenetic Technologist with Microscope

Cytogenetic technologists research chromosomes in biological samples to analyze for genetic diseases and disorders. They use microscopes and various medical imaging equipment to study samples such as bodily fluids, bone marrow, blood, tissue, and other genetic material from patients. Cytogenetic technologists maintain records and write reports of their studies. They consult with other laboratory workers and pathologists. Most technologists work in private medical laboratories or in the laboratories of hospitals or research facilities. According to the Department of Labor, there are approximately 166,730 medical and clinical laboratory technologists, including cytogenetic technologists, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Study biological samples by microscope, looking for abnormal cell growth patterns to determine genetic disorders or diseases; keep records and file reports
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) All geographic regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
Experience One or more years experience; on-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Technical
  • Computer
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Cytogenetics Laboratory Owner
  • Cytogenetics Technologist Supervisor
  • Cytogenetics Technologist
  • Cytogenetics Technologist Assistant