Cytopathology technician - Salary and Career
Health lab and blood bank technicians

Cytopathology technician - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They analyze biological material from patients and donors, receiving and preparing samples according to specific protocols. Operate, check and calibrate analytical and support equipment. Technicians in clinical pathology and hemotherapy can perform collection of biological material. They work according to technical standards and procedures of good practices, quality and biosafety. They mobilize oral and written communication skills to make records, dialogue with the work team and guide patients and donors.

How much does an Cytopathology technician earn

A Cytopathology technician earns between $1.355 and $7.134 per month, with an average monthly salary of $2.706 and a median salary of $2.000 according to an Averwage.com salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 60 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).


Salary ranges for the Cytopathology technician

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 2.706 32.472 677 15
1º Quartile 1.355 16.255 339 7
Median Salary 2.000 24.000 500 11
3º Quartile 5.441 65.290 1.360 30
Higher Salary 7.134 85.611 1.784 39


Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians in operation of diagnostic equipment and instruments
        • health lab and blood bank technicians

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Main workplaces

Health lab and blood bank technicians they work in clinical laboratories, hospitals, blood banks and public health services. They are salaried employees, with a formal contract, who work in closed environments, and some, on a rotating shift basis. As a rule, they work individually under the supervision of higher-level professionals, such as biochemists, biomedical doctors, doctors, etc. In some of the activities carried out, they are exposed to toxic material, radiation and biological risk.


What does it take to work in the field of Health lab and blood bank technicians

For the exercise of the occupations of this occupational family, a professional technical course is required offered by professional training institutions and technical schools. The full performance of the activities requires experience of less than one year.


Functions and activities of Cytopathology technician

Health lab and blood bank technicians must:

  • work with safety and quality;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • communicate;
  • working with safety and quality;
  • receive biological material;
  • work with safety and quality;
  • operate analytical and support equipment;
  • collect biological material;
  • analyze biological material;
  • prepare biological material sample;

  • Activities

    • dose volumetry of reagents and solutions for exams;
    • check exam order;
    • process blood components;
    • check patient/donor preparation;
    • prepare solutions and reagents;
    • homogenize samples;
    • serve patient/donor;
    • perform asepsis in the collection region;
    • provide container to patient;
    • request preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment;
    • perform macroscopic analysis;
    • compare the test result with the patient's clinical data;
    • apply complementary biosafety standards;
    • prepare glucose (dextrose) solution;
    • deproteinize samples;
    • subject samples to heat sources;
    • dialogue with the donor;
    • puncture veins;
    • manage time;
    • demonstrate ability to discriminate colors;
    • record exam procedures;
    • request new collection;
    • identify the biological material of the patient/donor;
    • separate biological materials from the sample;
    • write down the medication the patient/donor is taking;
    • confront biological material with the order;
    • isolate microorganisms;
    • sieve biological material;
    • demonstrate olfactory ability;
    • participate in the development and implementation of new exam techniques;
    • irradiate blood components;
    • demonstrate ability to maintain confidentiality;
    • make slides (smear);
    • demonstrate logical reasoning ability;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • inactivate biological material;
    • quantify microorganisms or antibodies or substances through dosages;
    • ask for guidance from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • demonstrate visual acuity;
    • advise patient/donor on material collection procedures;
    • wash red blood cells;
    • transcribe observed results;
    • forward exams to the person in charge;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • provide statistical data;
    • compare the exam result with previous results;
    • perform internal quality control;
    • package material for disposal;
    • select sample preparation technique;
    • disinfect instruments and equipment;
    • check the conditions of the biological material;
    • spin samples;
    • train auxiliary staff;
    • stain slides;
    • search for biochemical or genetic or hormonal or cytological material from the sample;
    • control equipment temperature;
    • supervise the activities of auxiliary staff;
    • discard chemical and biological waste;
    • perform immunohematological tests;
    • perform donor pre-screening;
    • care for patient/donor;
    • applying complementary biosafety standards;
    • submit periodic health examinations;
    • work as a team;
    • prepare patient/donor for collection or donation;
    • amplify nucleic acid;
    • dilute biological material;
    • demonstrate commitment;
    • supervise auxiliary staff activities;
    • record the collection action;
    • perform blood transfusion;
    • compare results with normality parameters;
    • monitor internal quality of cytological smear;
    • analyze exam results;
    • program equipment;
    • sample pipette;
    • request authorization from the technical manager, when necessary;
    • identify microorganisms;
    • reject non-compliant biological material;
    • wash blood bag;
    • sequence samples;
    • scrape mucous membranes, nails and skin;
    • submit periodic health checks;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe) and collective (epc);
    • sterilize instruments;
    • observe patient/donor reaction;
    • track neoplastic cells;
    • administer glucose solution to the patient;
    • package sample for transport;
    • perform pre-transfusion tests;
    • aliquot samples and/or blood bags;
    • distribute material to each sector;
    • introduce samples into the equipment;
    • adjust equipment;
    • place preservatives in samples;
    • take vaccinations;
    • store biological material;
    • check equipment operation and suitability;
    • clean equipment and bench;
    • filter blood bag;
    • control stock, validity and batch of inputs;
    • perform microscopic analysis;
    • test antimicrobial sensitivity;


    Sectors that hire Cytopathology technician the most in the job market

    • pathological and cytological anatomy laboratories
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    • clinical laboratories
    • other human health care activities
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    • wholesale of instruments and materials for medical, surgical, hospital and laboratory use
    • health plans
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    • other service activities provided mainly to companies




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