Cytotechnologists are cell scientists who can differentiate among normal, cancerous, and other abnormal cells. They use interpretive stains, microscopy and automated analysis to evaluate cells. For example, using microscopic analysis, a cytotechnologist could determine whether a Pap smear is indicative of cervical cancer.
Cytotechs find employment in hospitals or reference laboratories. They work with microscopes, and other automated laboratory instruments. After receiving the B.S., cytotechs sit for a certifying exam. Nationally, employment is expected to grow through the year 2010 as the volume of laboratory tests increases with population growth. Salary range is in the mid 40s.