Travel Cytotechnologist Jobs

Cytotechnologists are allied health professionals who specialize in evaluating patients’ cell samples through a microscope to detect precancerous or cancerous cells, viral and bacterial infections, and other abnormal conditions. As highly trained clinical laboratory specialists, they work in close collaboration with pathologists to provide definitive diagnoses in a timely and cost-effective manner. Cytotechnologists play a vital role in helping save patients’ lives by providing data that allows clinicians to administer appropriate treatments quickly.

Cytotechnology is an in-demand specialty on Vivian where you’ll find numerous cytotechnologist jobs at top facilities around the country.

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Travel Cytotechnologist
White Plains, New York
Focus Staff
a day ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000006IHLuAAO. Pay package is based on 8 hour shifts and 40 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$3,077/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Montrose, Colorado
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,885/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Lebanon, New Hampshire
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,820/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Grand Forks, North Dakota
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,605/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Martinez, California
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,600/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Arlington Heights, Illinois
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,535/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
New Providence, New Jersey
HealthCare Connections
6 days ago
Position & Client Overview: Our client which is conveniently located in Northern New Jersey is in need of 2 contract Cytologists for their high volume laboratory. This assignme ...
$2,373/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Phoenix, Arizona
HealthCare Connections
6 days ago
Position & Client Overview: Come join a small anatomic pathology lab in a well known organization in the heart of Phoenix Arizona. We are looking for cytotechnologists to work ...
$2,360/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Austin, Texas
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,095/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Medford, Oregon
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,080/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
HealthCare Connections
6 days ago
Position & Client Overview: Our client, a highly prestigious university teaching health system, is in need of a travel Cytologist for their busy day shift at their facility in ...
$2,062/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Zanesville, Ohio
HealthCare Connections
6 days ago
Position & Client Overview: Come join our client in Ohio whose steadfast commitment to delivering high quality, compassionate patient care is recognized throughout the country ...
$1,942/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Portland, Oregon
Cross Country Allied
a day ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$1,765/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Cross Country Allied
5 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$1,750/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Hammond, Indiana
Focus Staff
8 days ago
Focus Staff Job ID #a1q4w000004C4rDAAS. Pay package is based on 12 hour shifts and 36 hours per week (subject to confirmation) with tax-free stipend amount to be determined. Posted ...
$1,738/wk
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Cytotechnologist FAQs

What does a cytotechnologist do?

Cytotechnologists are best known for being solely responsible for interpreting Pap smears, but they can prepare and evaluate samples from all sites on the body. They may provide preliminary interpretations of specimens from the bladder, breast, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, lung, lymph nodes, salivary glands, and thyroid, among others. Cytotechnologists use a variety of techniques to detect and interpret normal and abnormal cells, which may include microscopic cytomorphology, immunocytochemistry, special stains, and molecular techniques, among others. They may be involved in all pre-analytic, analytic, and post-analytic phases of testing, so specific duties may include:

  • Attending fine needle aspirations

  • Assisting with collection and preparation of various cell specimens

  • Preparing stains and other testing reagents

  • Selecting proper staining techniques for specimens/diseases in the differential diagnosis

  • Triaging patient specimens for ancillary testing

  • Using high-powered microscopes and other lab equipment to examine specimens

  • Examining slides for abnormalities like precancerous lesions and bacterial infections

  • Noting any cellular changes indicative of the potential presence of disease or infection

  • Reporting patient results using established information systems

  • Collaborating with pathologists and other medical professionals

  • Preventing specimen contamination by consistently using appropriate lab techniques

  • Operating and maintaining laboratory equipment

  • Assisting in quality assurance activities

Where do cytotechnologists work?

Cytotechnologists work in laboratories, often in hospitals and clinics to help pathologists diagnose diseases like cancer. These can include public/private, research, and teaching hospitals, and specialty clinics, especially those that process Pap smears like OB/GYN clinics. They may also conduct research while working in private medical laboratories or research facilities and government and academic settings. Depending on their role, cytotechnologists may work independently or in close collaboration with pathologists.

What skills make a good cytotechnologist?

Good cytotechnologists are naturally inquisitive and excel at the methodical and analytical nature of their job duties. They’re highly proficient at doing meticulous microscopic work and operating specialized equipment to analyze specimens. Cytotechnologists are at ease working in sterile laboratory environments and handling biological materials that could contain infectious agents.

Successful cytotechnologists are also comfortable making decisions and assuming a high degree of responsibility. They’re extremely detail-oriented with excellent visual acuity to thoroughly examine slides and catch even the smallest deviations. Cytotechnologists possess strong communication skills to effectively draft detailed reports on their findings and share test results with other medical professionals. Excellent analytical, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and time management skills are other highly desirable traits of skilled cytotechnologists.

How to become a Travel Cytotechnologist

The first step towards a career as a cytotechnologist is earning a bachelor’s degree in cytotechnology, biology, or the life sciences. Certification and licensure may also be required.

To become a certified cytotechnologist, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) requires a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and completion of a cytotechnology program accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) to sit for the certification exam. Once certified, completion of the ASCP’s Credential Maintenance Program every three years is required to maintain valid certification.

Although not all employers require certification, it’s a smart career move and some states may require it. Several states require licensure of cytotechnologists and others have previously considered creating licensing requirements. A few states require certification and licensure, but exact laws vary by state so check with the appropriate board to learn current requirements. Travel positions often require one-plus years of experience in cytotechnology.

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Posted on Jun 24, 2020
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Avoiding Travel Nurse Canceled Contracts

Posted on Apr 23, 2020
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Montrose, Colorado
Cross Country Allied
8 days ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,885/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
New Orleans, Louisiana
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3 months ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,935/wk
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Wenatchee, Washington
Cross Country Allied
a month ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$3,015/wk
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Travel Cytotechnologist
Zanesville, Ohio
Cross Country Allied
3 months ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$3,435/wk
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Wenatchee, Washington
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4 months ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,880/wk
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1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
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1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,895/wk
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Wenatchee, Washington
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4 months ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$2,895/wk
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Zanesville, Ohio
Cross Country Allied
7 months ago
1 year of experience, BLS and national and state certification and/or as requiredCross Country Allied is one of the largest and most recognized healthcare staffing companies. We ha ...
$3,450/wk
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