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Type of work of a CytologistCytologists work in labs and use a variety of tests to investigate human cell samples for signs of cancer and other diseases. You'll need a strong background in science and an eye for detail to work in this field. You'll also need at least a bachelor's degree to work as a cytologist, and many employers look for further training and certifications. Read on to find out the pros and cons of being a cytologist.


SalaryThe salary of a Cytologist is around $65,000

Working ConditionsMost cytologists work in hospital labs, but if that's not for you there are other options. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that cytologists will increasingly work in doctor's offices, diagnostic laboratories, outpatient care centers and other health care services. If you like the idea of managing others, you can advance to supervisor, chief technologist, lab manager or lab director in any of the facilities listed above, but you'll most likely need additional training and certifications to do so.

Major Job ResponsibilitiesThey examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.

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Will this job have a demand in the future?Cytotech jobs are definitely declining due to the new imaging technique. California has an 80 slide per day rule for normal screening, but for imaging, it has been raised to 200 per day! I know that LabCorp has too many cytotechs at the moment and doesn't use any on-calls at all. I don't think this is a viable career path for the future.

Type Of EducationTo become a cytologist, you'll need to complete a bachelor's degree program, preferably one that includes several biology, chemistry, math and computer science courses. You'll also need to finish a 1-2 year cytotechnology program that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.



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