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Cytogenetics Technologist

33 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
24 Master's Degrees Annually
#92 in Popularity

Types of Degrees Cytogenetics Technologist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 53
Master’s Degree 11

What Cytogenetics Technologist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist Majors

Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Skills for Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist Majors

A major in cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities for Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist student include the following:

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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).
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Cytogenetics Technologist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cytogenetic Technologists 11.6% NA
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.6% NA

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Cytogenetics Technologist?

53 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
75% Percent Women
62% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 75% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 14
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 16
White 12
International Students 7
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist. About 13.2% of those with this major are international students.

Some degrees associated with cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 0.2%
Some College Courses 0.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 19.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 65.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 9.4%
Master’s Degree 5.0%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.4%

Online Cytogenetics Technologist Programs

In 2019-2020, 4 schools offered a cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 2 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to cytogenetics/genetics/clinical genetics technology/technologist.

Major Number of Grads
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 6,713
Laboratory Technician 3,758
Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology 3,695
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,027
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 842
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 268
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 224
Histologic Technician 203
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 141
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 84
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 63
Hematology Technology 47

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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