Careers in the Licensed Professions


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Cytotechnologists use independent judgment to examine specimens of human tissue and fluid at a microscopic level to identify the characteristics of cells, including any abnormalities or organisms present.  Other health professionals rely on cytotechnologists to help them diagnose illness and disease. These professionals also carefully document their work and perform critical processes to ensure accurate testing results.



Bachelor’s or higher degree in a Department-registered cytotechnology licensure program, or the equivalent.


Bachelor’s or higher degree with a major in biology, chemistry, or the physical sciences AND an advanced certificate in cytotechnology.


The ASCP Board of Certification examination for cytotechnology.

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.



Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $77,061
  • Salary range: $70,008-$84,215
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals/clinics
  • Private industry
  • Research
  • Education/training

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Chemistry
  • Biology and microbiology
  • Scientific analysis
  • Understanding of lab procedures

Professional Skills

  • Knowledge of laws governing clinical laboratories
  • Ability to manage stress
  • Precision, organization, and observation

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a cytotechnologist about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: January 14, 2020