Cytotechnologists

Also called: Certified Cytotechnologist, Cytopathology Technologist, Cytotechnologist, Cytotechnologist/Cytology Supervisor, Senior Cytotechnologist

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estimated salary

Cytotechnologists stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.

  • Submit slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.
  • Examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
  • Provide patient clinical data or microscopic findings to assist pathologists in the preparation of pathology reports.
  • Document specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
  • Maintain effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.
  • Prepare and analyze samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
  • Examine specimens, using microscopes, to evaluate specimen quality.
  • Assist pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy or other method.
  • Assign tasks or coordinate task assignments to ensure adequate performance of laboratory activities.
  • Adjust, maintain, or repair laboratory equipment, such as microscopes.
  • Attend continuing education programs that address laboratory issues.
  • Examine specimens to detect abnormal hormone conditions.
  • Prepare cell samples by applying special staining techniques, such as chromosomal staining, to differentiate cells or cell components.
  • Perform karyotyping or organizing of chromosomes according to standardized ideograms.
Work Context
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 89% responded "Extremely important".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 97% responded "Every day".
  • Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — 77% responded "Extremely important".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 70% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 58% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Electronic Mail — 66% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — 70% responded "Continually or almost continually".
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Work Activities
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during examinations or treatments.
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Knowledge

Biology
  • Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Medicine and Dentistry
  • Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Skills

Critical Thinking
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Active Learning
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
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Abilities

Finger Dexterity
  • The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Near Vision
  • The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Problem Sensitivity
  • The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
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Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • MEDITECH software Hot Technology
  • Antek HealthWare LabDAQ
  • LabSoft LabNet
  • McKesson Horizon Lab
  • Multidata Computer Systems MultiTech
  • NeTLIMS AutoLIMS Core Lab
  • Omnitech OMNILAB
  • Orchard Software Orchard Harvest LIS
  • Psyche Systems LabWeb
  • Quality Software Systems LabHealth
  • SCC Soft Computer SoftLab
  • Schuyler House SchuyLab
  • Seacoast Laboratory Data Systems SurroundLab Plus
  • Siemens NOVIUS Lab
  • STARLIMS
  • Laboratory information system LIS
  • HEX Laboratory Systems LAB/HEX
  • Aspyra CyberLAB
  • Cerner Millennium PathNet
  • Clinical Software Solutions CLIN1 Suite
  • ClinLab LIS
  • Comp Pro Med Polytech
  • CPSI CPSI System
  • CSS CLS-2000
  • Custom Software Systems StarLab
  • Elekta Impac Software IntelliLab
  • EpicLab Laboratory Information System
  • eTeleNext LIS
  • Fletcher-Flora Health Care Systems FFlex eSuite LIS
  • Fletcher-Flora Health Care Systems LabPak LIS
  • Fortius Lab Systems Clinical LIS
  • GE Healthcare Centricity Laboratory
  • Healthvision TDSynergy LIS
  • Sunquest Information Systems Sunquest Laboratory
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology