Cytotechnologist Career Guide

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If you have an interest in diagnosing diseases through microscopic examination of cell samples and a keen eye for detail, becoming a Cytotechnologist could be a fulfilling career path. Cytotechnologists play a vital role in identifying and diagnosing various medical conditions through the study of cell specimens.

Cytotechnologists examine cell samples, such as Pap smears or fine needle aspirations,


To become a cytotechnologist, you'll need a Bachelor of Science degree, preferably in Cytotechnology or a related field. Accredited cytotechnology programs are available at universities and medical centers.

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Related certifications

Upon completing your degree, Cytotechnologist (CT) and Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT) certifications are offered by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP). Some states also require licensure to practice as a cytotechnologist. Clinical experience through internships or hands-on training is typically necessary.


Staff and Travel Cytotechnologists must possess a strong foundation in biology and anatomy, exceptional attention to detail and excellent microscopy skills. Strong communication skills are important for collaborating with pathologists and healthcare teams.

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Cytotechnologists collect and prepare cell samples for examination, interpret slides under a microscope, identify abnormalities and communicate findings to pathologists. Accurate and timely reporting is crucial for patient care.

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The average salary for a Cytotechnologist is $2,405.08 per week.

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Pros & Cons

Becoming a cytotechnologist offers the satisfaction of contributing to early disease detection and prevention. Your work directly impacts patient outcomes, making it a rewarding field. Additionally, the demand for cytotechnologists is expected to remain steady.

On the downside, the job may involve long periods of microscope work, which can be physically demanding. As cytotechnologists often work in healthcare settings like hospitals

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View job details for San Francisco, CATravel ContractSan Francisco, CATravel CytotechnologistCross Country Allied$3,190/wkEstimated pay package
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View job details for White Plains, NYTravel ContractWhite Plains, NYTravel CytotechnologistLanceSoft$3,192/wk
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View job details for White Plains, NYTravel ContractWhite Plains, NYTravel CytotechnologistOneStaff Medical$3,047/wk
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