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Cytogenetic Technologists

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Cytogenetic technologists work in climate-controlled, well-lighted laboratories, spending much of their time using microscopes, medical imaging equipment, and computers. The job requires intense concentration for accuracy or exactness. Technologists must follow laboratory procedures and protocols. The job can be stressful at times, especially when working under deadline pressure. Cytogenetic technologists work independently but they also consult with coworkers, supervisors, and physicians. Most technologists work full-time hours, although the work hours may vary depending upon employer. Larger medical facilities and hospitals operate around the clock, and technologists may work in shifts that are in the evenings, early mornings, or run through the weekends.

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