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Cytotechnologists
District Of Columbia

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Stain, mount, and study cells to detect evidence of cancer, hormonal abnormalities, and other pathological conditions following established standards and practices.

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Currently Employed: 980

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

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

  • Submit slides with abnormal cell structures to pathologists for further examination.
  • Document specimens by verifying patients' and specimens' information.
  • Examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
  • Provide patient clinical data or microscopic findings to assist pathologists in the preparation of pathology reports.
  • Prepare and analyze samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
  • Examine specimens using microscopes to evaluate specimen quality.
  • Maintain effective laboratory operations by adhering to standards of specimen collection, preparation, or laboratory safety.
  • Assist pathologists or other physicians to collect cell samples such as by fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsies.
  • Prepare cell samples by applying special staining techniques, such as chromosomal staining, to differentiate cells or cell components.
  • Attend continuing education programs that address laboratory issues.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Benchtop centrifuges
  • Binocular light compound microscopes
  • Laboratory flasks
  • Laboratory heaters
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers

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