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What Cytotechnologists do:
A Cytotechnologist is an expert in the study the formation, structure and function of cells. A Cytotechnologist is trained to detect changes in cellular activity in the early diagnosis of cancer and other diseases. Cytotechnologists supply information to Physicians, who then make a diagnosis. Cytotechnologists can work in Hospitals and Private Laboratories, always under the supervision of a Registered Pathologist.
The main duties of a Cytotechnologist include:
– Working with pathologists to detect abnormalities in cellular material
– Preparing slides of body cells
– Examining cells microscopically to detect possible malignancy
– Working with a wide variety of laboratory specimens
– Reporting findings to the supervising Pathologist or Physician
Education & Qualifications:
To apply for an entry position in cytotechnology, you will need to have completed a relevant Bachelor’s degree program, plus one year of special instruction in cytotechnology. Typical subjects studied in a cytotechnology program include: embryology, cytology, clinical medicine, human anatomy, cytophysiology, endocrinology, cytochemistry, parasitology, microbiology, histology, and inflammatory diseases.
Certification is available by completing an exam administered by the American Society for Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry (ASCP BOR).
Salary & Job Prospects:
Salaries for Cytotechnologists vary from $60,000 to $75,000 depending on educational qualifications, position held, experience and location. The demand for Cytotechnologists is predicted to grow rapidly over the coming years. This is mainly due to new screening procedures for cancer detection.
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