What does a cytotechnologist do?
Cytotechnologists are specially trained laboratory technologists who study the structure and function of cells in the human body. They examine cell samples under a microscope to detect any changes that could indicate a disease, such as cancer.
What might a cytotechnologist do in a workday?
- Prepare slides of cell samples for examination.
- Examine smears of cell samples on slides using a microscope.
- Detect and report abnormalities in the color, size, and shape of cellular components and patterns.
- Use automated equipment and instruments, including microscopes, to prepare samples for microscopic study.
- Analyze test results with pathologists.
- May assist physicians with collecting cell samples.
Developing a career as a cytotechnologist?
Most cytotechnologists work in hospitals, clinics, or private laboratories under the supervision of pathologists. Some may work in universities as professors or researchers.
How much does a cytotechnologist earn?
How do I become a cytotechnologist?
Students intending to pursue a career as a cytotechnologist should prepare by taking challenging high school courses in science, math, and English. Students must complete three years of college prior to entering a 12- to 21-month program in cytotechnology (offered at a college or hospital) or attend a post-baccalaureate certificate program at a college or university.
Where else can I learn about becoming a cytotechnologist?
American Society for Cytotechnology
1500 Sunday Drive, Suite 102 / Raleigh, NC 27607
tel: 919-861-5571 or 800-948-3947 / web: http://www.asct.com
American Society of Cytopathology
100 W 10th St, Suite 605 / Wilmington, DE 19801
tel: 302-543-6583 / web: http://www.cytopathology.org
American Society for Clinical Pathology
33 W Monroe St, Suite 1600 / Chicago, IL 60603
tel: 312-541-4999 / web: http://www.ascp.org