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Life As a Cytogenetic Technologist

Job Description: 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.

Life As a Cytogenetic Technologist: What Do They Do?

  • Input details of specimens into logs or computer systems.
  • Summarize test results and report to appropriate authorities.
  • 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.
  • Select appropriate culturing system or procedure based on specimen type and reason for referral.
  • Select or prepare specimens and media for cell cultures using aseptic techniques, knowledge of medium components, or cell nutritional requirements.

What Every Cytogenetic Technologist Should Know

Below is a list of the skills most Cytogenetic Technologists say are important on the job.

Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Other Cytogenetic Technologist Job Titles

  • Technical Specialist, Cytogenetics
  • Genetic Technologist
  • Cardiovascular Laboratory Specialist
  • Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics (CLSp(CG))
  • Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientist (CCS)

Job Outlook for Cytogenetic Technologists

There were about 171,400 jobs for Cytogenetic Technologist in 2016 (in the United States). New jobs are being produced at a rate of 11.6% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 19,800 new jobs for Cytogenetic Technologist by 2026. The BLS estimates 12,900 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Cytogenetic Technologist are Utah, Colorado, and Arizona. Watch out if you plan on working in Rhode Island, Connecticut, or Illinois. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

What Tools do Cytogenetic Technologists Use?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Cytogenetic Technologists may use on a daily basis:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Image analysis software

How do I Become a Cytogenetic Technologist?

What education or degrees do I need to become a Cytogenetic Technologist?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Cytogenetic Technologist?

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Image Credit: Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla via U.S. Air Force photo

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