Cytotechnologist (CT)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Cytotechnologists prepare microscopic slides of cells of the human body to detect cell abnormalities such as size, color, shape, composition, and patterns.
  • This cellular examination allows early diagnosis and treatment of cancers not yet detectable by other examination methods.
  • They then report this information to the physician, pathologist.
  • Cytotechnologists follow prescribed techniques in the storage, handling and preparation of cellular materials to be examined.
  • Cytotechnologists work in hospitals, clinics, or private labs under supervision of a pathologist.
  • They may also work at research facilities and teaching locations.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • Cytotechnologists like to help people. They know their work is important.
  • Their work can, however, be very repetitious and they must always be alert to detect even the subtle and slightest cellular differences.
  • Part-time positions are available.

 

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