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29-2011.00 - Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists Bright Outlook

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Cultivate, isolate, or assist in identifying microbial organisms or perform various tests on these microorganisms.

29-2011.01 Cytogenetic Technologists   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
  • Count numbers of chromosomes and identify the structural abnormalities by viewing culture slides through microscopes, light microscopes, or photomicroscopes.
  • Arrange and attach chromosomes in numbered pairs on karyotype charts, using standard genetics laboratory practices and nomenclature, to identify normal or abnormal chromosomes.
  • Analyze chromosomes found in biological specimens to aid diagnoses and treatments for genetic diseases such as congenital birth defects, fertility problems, and hematological disorders.
  • Examine chromosomes found in biological specimens to detect abnormalities.
  • Prepare slides of cell cultures following standard procedures.
  • Recognize and report abnormalities in the color, size, shape, composition, or pattern of cells.
  • Prepare biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow, tumors, chorionic villi, and blood, for chromosome examinations.
  • Extract, measure, dilute as appropriate, label, and prepare DNA for array analysis.
  • Select or prepare specimens and media for cell cultures using aseptic techniques, knowledge of medium components, or cell nutritional requirements.
  • Stain slides to make chromosomes visible for microscopy.
29-2011.03 Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians Bright Outlook
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
  • Freeze tissue specimens.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
29-2012.00 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians Bright Outlook
  • Conduct chemical analyses of body fluids, such as blood or urine, using microscope or automatic analyzer to detect abnormalities or diseases and enter findings into computer.
  • Prepare standard volumetric solutions or reagents to be combined with samples, following standardized formulas or experimental procedures.
  • Inoculate fertilized eggs, broths, or other bacteriological media with organisms.
  • Obtain specimens, cultivating, isolating, and identifying microorganisms for analysis.
  • Examine cells stained with dye to locate abnormalities.
  • Cut, stain, and mount tissue samples for examination by pathologists.
29-2011.02 Cytotechnologists Bright Outlook
  • Examine cell samples to detect abnormalities in the color, shape, or size of cellular components and patterns.
  • Prepare and analyze samples, such as Papanicolaou (PAP) smear body fluids and fine needle aspirations (FNAs), to detect abnormal conditions.
  • Examine specimens to detect abnormal hormone conditions.
  • Prepare cell samples by applying special staining techniques, such as chromosomal staining, to differentiate cells or cell components.
  • Perform karyotyping or organizing of chromosomes according to standardized ideograms.
29-1069.07 Pathologists Bright Outlook
  • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.
  • Conduct genetic analyses of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or chromosomes to diagnose small biopsies and cell samples.

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