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Become A Cytogenetic Technologist

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Working As A Cytogenetic Technologist

  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Unpleasant/Hazardous Environment

  • Make Decisions

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $64,930

    Average Salary

What Does A Cytogenetic Technologist Do At Laboratory Corporation of America

* Perform Cytogenetic scanning/analysis of chromosomes as needed per workflow.
* Culture initiation, harvesting of cells, staining slides from bone marrow, leukemic blood and tissue samples
* Review test requisition to gather pertinent details for analysis.
* Independently perform all laboratory tasks designed to diagnose chromosomal abnormalities from patient specimens and process lab specimens.
* Summarize test results utilizing ISCN nomenclature.
* Reagent preparation and reagent labeling.
* Perform and evaluate troubleshooting, document all corrective actions as needed.
* Quality Control, document daily performance criteria of reagents and equipment.
* Assist in the validation of new test methods/instrumentation/reagents.
* Provide assistance to non-technical staff and trainees as needed.
* Provide equipment maintenance.
* General lab support duties to include: filing, label making, obtaining or ordering supplies, collating slides or files.
* Comply with company policies and procedures.
* Perform duties in accordance with established standards and quality control to ensure high quality patient care.
* Additional duties as assigned.
* Requirements
* Bachelor's Degree in Biology, Cytogenetics or equivalent related life science.
* Minimum one year laboratory experience in human cytogenetics (or recently graduated from a Cytogenetics degree program).
* ASCP Certification in Cytogenetics

What Does A Cytogenetic Technologist Do At Bioreference Laboratories

* Culture, set up, evaluate and operate current and new equipment, instruments and apparatus required for specific laboratory tests.
* Able to perform preventive maintenance on equipment.
* Coordinate the preparation and quality assurance of culture media, chemicals reagents stains and solutions as appropriate.
* Evaluate collected laboratory data and prepare reports assessing accuracy, completeness, timeliness, progress trends and appropriate recommendations or conclusions.
* Monitor Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Safety and Inspection Control practices to assure compliance with internal and external regulations.
* Monitor testing to ensure that acceptable levels of analytic performance are maintained
* Ensure that patient testing results are not reported until corrective action has been taken and test system is functioning properly
* Assure remedial action is taken and documented whenever tests systems deviate from established performance specifications

What Does A Cytogenetic Technologist Do At Laboratory Corporation of America

* Perform FISH hybridization and washes on a variety of specimen types
* Perform scanning and microscope analysis of FISH slides
* Summarize test results utilizing ISCN nomenclature
* Review test requisition to gather pertinent details for analysis
* Distinguish between normal and abnormal test results
* Reagent preparation and reagent labeling
* Perform and evaluate trouble shooting, document all corrective actions as needed
* Quality Control, document daily performance criteria of reagents and equipment
* Assist in the validation of new test methods/instrumentation/reagents
* Comply with LabCorp policies and procedures.
* Provide assistance to non-technical staff and trainees as needed

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How To Become A Cytogenetic Technologist

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.

Education

An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.

Advancement

After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Real Cytogenetic Technologist Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cytogenetic Technologist II University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA May 15, 2015 $90,327
Cytogenetic Technologist Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jun 06, 2014 $85,943
Cytogenetic Technologist Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jul 18, 2014 $85,943
Cytogenetics Technologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY May 27, 2015 $83,430
Cytogenetic Technologist Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jun 06, 2014 $75,904
Cytogenetics Technologist Miraca Life Sciences, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jun 07, 2014 $75,904
Clinical Cytogenetics Technologist Phenopath Laboratories, PLLC Seattle, WA Jan 02, 2015 $73,045
Clinical Cytogenetics Technologist Phenopath Laboratories, PLLC Seattle, WA Dec 22, 2014 $73,045
Cytogenetic Technologist I University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA May 15, 2012 $70,837
Cytogenetic Technologist University of California, San Diego San Diego, CA Feb 01, 2011 $68,774
Cytogenetics Technologist II Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY May 01, 2011 $66,847
Cytogenetics Technologist Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle, WA Oct 18, 2016 $66,408
Cytogenetic Technologist Senior Genzyme Corporation Phoenix, AZ Jun 11, 2010 $65,354 -
$79,468
Cytogenetic Technologist III Genzyme Corporation Phoenix, AZ Jun 29, 2010 $65,354 -
$68,053
Cytogenetic Technologist Accupath Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. Phoenix, AZ May 15, 2015 $62,317
Cytogenetic Technologist Esoterix Genetic Laboratories LLC New York, NY Oct 08, 2011 $61,942 -
$71,676
Cytogenetics Technologist I Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center New York, NY Oct 09, 2010 $60,078
Cytogenetic Technologists Med2Pharm Health Care Solutions Inc. Bentonville, AR Sep 16, 2016 $60,000
Certified Cytogenetics Technologist ARUP Laboratories Salt Lake City, UT Feb 01, 2016 $57,288
Cytogenetic Technologist III Genzyme Corporation Vienna, VA Jan 01, 2010 $56,930 -
$57,000
Cytogenetics Technician Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle, WA May 09, 2014 $56,119
Cytogenetics Technician Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Seattle, WA Jul 01, 2010 $55,723
Cytogenetic Technologist Esoterix Genetic Laboratories LLC New York, NY Sep 19, 2011 $49,650 -
$55,771
Cytogenetic Technologist Genzyme Corporation Phoenix, AZ Sep 24, 2010 $49,639
Cytogenetic Technologist University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Nov 30, 2015 $49,500
Cytogenetic Technologist Mount Sinai Medical Center New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $49,395
Cytogenetic Technologist II Wyckoff Heights Medical Center New York, NY May 17, 2010 $48,801
Cytogenetic Technologist Accupath Diagnostic Laboratories Inc. Phoenix, AZ Feb 24, 2015 $48,672 -
$53,758
Cytogenetic Technologist Accupath Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Feb 24, 2015 $48,672 -
$51,394
Cytogenetic Technologist Accupath Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc. Phoenix, AZ Jun 10, 2015 $48,672 -
$54,807

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Top Skills for A Cytogenetic Technologist

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Top Cytogenetic Technologist Skills

  1. Bone Marrow Specimens
  2. Tissue Culture
  3. Microscopic Analysis
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Analyzed chromosomes for blood but primarily bone marrow specimens looking for numerical and/or structural abnormalities.
  • Served as senior technologist, performed troubleshooting on culture setups and managed tissue culture facility as well as long-term specimen storage.
  • Analyzed chromosomes via microscopic analysis for the detection of constitutional and acquired chromosomal anomalies.
  • Conducted chromosome analysis on amniotic fluid, peripheral blood, bone marrow, and solid tumors.
  • Perform laboratory procedures in accordance to standard operating procedures.

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