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?

  • $61,000-$71,000

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

Educational Institutions in Virginia for Cytology: