The average active national workforce of Cytotechnologists is approximately 6,500 with an average age of 50 years old. Cytotechnologists are in demand. Currently there is a shortage in many parts of the country guaranteeing employment and higher salaries for graduates according to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
The cytotechnology curriculum prepares graduates for the entry-level responsibilities expected of a new cytotechnologist. Graduates are qualified to accept positions as cytotechnologists in hospitals, private reference laboratories, educational institutions and industry.Recent graduates of SLU's Cytotechnology Program have pursued a variety of professions. Many students proceed to other professional studies in medicine as well as other advanced degrees. Most graduates are working in staff positions at:
- hospitals or private reference laboratories
- health care administration
- equipment sales and training
According to the American Society for Clinical Pathology, median hourly pay for cytotechnologists ranges from $16.70 to $24 per hour. A survey conducted by Wage Web found the average annual salary in cytotechnology was $41,560.
Graduates of the Cytotechnology Program are eligible to sit for the national certification examination, administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP). Once certified graduates are known as certified cytotechnologists, CT(ASCP).