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Cytogenetic Technologists

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.   (O'Net 29-2011.01)

 
Reported job titles:   Clinical Cytogeneticist Scientist (CCS), Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics (CLSp(CG)), Cytogenetic Technician, Cytogenetic Technologist, Cytogenetics Laboratory Manager (Cytogenetics Lab Manager), Cytologist   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                          - Cytogenetic Technologists
                          - Cytotechnologists
                          - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 21.54   $ 26.92   $ 32.22   $ 37.08   $ 43.82   $ 32.08  
    Yearly $44,790   $56,000   $67,010   $77,120   $91,140   $66,720  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.35   $ 31.15   $ 35.60   $ 41.60   $ 48.43   $ 35.36  
    Yearly $40,240   $64,790   $74,060   $86,520   $100,730   $73,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 22.93   $ 27.65   $ 31.84   $ 36.08   $ 39.72   $ 31.47  
    Yearly $47,690   $57,520   $66,220   $75,040   $82,620   $65,450  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.81   $ 23.23   $ 26.65   $ 29.85   $ 34.87   $ 27.08  
    Yearly $43,290   $48,320   $55,430   $62,080   $72,530   $56,320  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                                  - Cytogenetic Technologists
                                  - Cytotechnologists
                                  - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 235 255 0.8% 8
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                                - Cytogenetic Technologists
                                - Cytotechnologists
                                - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 58.2%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 29.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 4.7%
    Federal government, all industries 3.3%
    Scientific research and development services 1.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Cytogenetic Technologists
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  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Cytogenetic Technologists
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
    for Cytogenetic Technologists
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Cytogenetic Technologists
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  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
     
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
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  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Interacting With Computers - Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
     
  • Analyzing Data or Information - Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Persistence - Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
     
  • Initiative - Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
    for Cytogenetic Technologists
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  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
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  • Experience: A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Cytogenetic Technologists  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Cytogenetic Technologists
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
     
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other.
     
    • Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist.
     
    • Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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