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Cytotechnologists

Overview

Cytotechnologists are laboratory specialists who study cells under microscopes, searching for cell abnormalities such as changes in color, shape, or size that might indicate the presence of disease. They work under the direction of pathologists. Cytotechnologists may also assist pathologists in the collection of body cells from various body sites, prepare slides, keep records, file reports, and consult with coworkers and pathologists. Most cytotechnologists work in private medical laboratories or in the laboratories of hospitals or research institutions. Approximately 162,950 medical and clinical laboratory technologists (including cytotechnologists) are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Much Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Technical

Career Ladder
Laboratory Owner/Operator

Professor of Cytotechnology

Director of Research

Supervisor

Cytotechnologist

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