CYTOTECHNOLOGISTS are specially trained clinical technologists who work with pathologists to examine and analyze cells, and to detect changes in body cells that may be important in the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. Cytotechnologists prepare specimens of body cells and microscopically examine them for abnormalities. They analyze the results and relay them to physicians. Clinical laboratory technologists evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor programs, to insure the accuracy of tests.
Salary, Size & Growth
- $62,000 average per year ($29.75 per hour)
- A large occupation (164,400 workers in 2010)
- Expected to grow moderately (1.2% per year)
The usual requirement for an entry-level position as a clinical laboratory technologist, including CYTOTECHNOLOGISTS, is a bachelor's degree with a major in medical technology or in one of the life sciences. Universities and hospitals offer medical technology programs. These programs include courses in chemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, mathematics, and specialized courses devoted to the knowledge and skills used in clinical technology. Some states require clinical laboratory technologists to be licensed or registered.