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Cytogenetic Technologists

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Most employers prefer to hire cytogenetic technologists who have a bachelor's degree in medical or life science and who have one or more years of experience. Technologists receive on-the-job training. Technologists must have strong knowledge of biology and chemistry. This type of work requires constant attention to detail, technology knowledge, and the ability to handle stress. People in this profession work well independently but also are able to work as part of a team. They know how to follow procedures and protocols, have strong research and writing skills, and are good at identifying and solving problems. Solid analytical skills are needed to study specimens under microscopes and determine if they are normal or if there is a disorder or disease present. Those who do best in this type of profession are investigative and realistic, and enjoy working with data and details.

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