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Cytogenetic Technologists
District Of Columbia

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Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, and blood to aid in the study, diagnosis, or treatment of genetic diseases.

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Currently Employed: 945

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: $25.94 - $36.79

Typical Annual Salary: $54,000 - $76,500

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and hematological disorders.
  • Count numbers of chromosomes and identify the structural abnormalities by viewing culture slides through microscopes, light microscopes, or photomicroscopes.
  • Examine chromosomes found in biological specimens to detect abnormalities.
  • Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or abnormal chromosomes.
  • Prepare biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, tumors, chorionic villi, and blood, for chromosome examinations.
  • Summarize test results and report to appropriate authorities.
  • Harvest cell cultures using substances such as mitotic arrestants, cell releasing agents, and cell fixatives.
  • Create chromosome images using computer imaging systems.
  • Stain slides to make chromosomes visible for microscopy.
  • Select or prepare specimens and media for cell cultures using aseptic techniques, knowledge of medium components, or cell nutritional requirements.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Deoxyribonucleic sequence analyzers
  • Dropping pipettes
  • Hybridization ovens or incubators
  • Slide dryers
  • Ultrasonic disintegrators

Technology:
  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software

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