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Cytogenetic Technologist

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Analyses chromosomes found in biological specimens such as amniotic fluids, bone marrow and blood, to aid in the study, diagnosis, or treatment of genetic diseases.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Maintain laboratory notebooks that record research methods, procedures, and results.

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Review, approve, or interpret genetic laboratory results.

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Plan or conduct basic genomic and biological research related to areas such as regulation of gene expression, protein interactions, metabolic networks, and nucleic acid or protein complexes.

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Search scientific literature to select and modify methods and procedures most appropriate for genetic research goals.

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Write grants and papers or attend fundraising events to seek research funds.

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Evaluate genetic data by performing appropriate mathematical or statistical calculations and analyses.

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Extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or perform diagnostic tests involving processes such as gel electrophoresis, Southern blot analysis, and polymerase chain reaction analysis.

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Prepare results of experimental findings for presentation at professional conferences or in scientific journals.

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Attend clinical and research conferences and read scientific literature to keep abreast of technological advances and current genetic research findings.

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Supervise or direct the work of other geneticists, biologists, technicians, or biometricians working on genetics research projects.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Analyzing Data or Information:  Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems:  Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:  Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others:  Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.

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Thinking Creatively:  Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Training and Teaching Others:  Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Biology:  Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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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.

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Education and Training:  Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mathematics:  Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Science:   Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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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.

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Instructing:   Teaching others how to do something.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Mathematics:   Using mathematics to solve problems.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

  • An ability to work independently
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Problem solving skills
  • Accuracy is highly important, coupled with the requirement for rapid reporting
  • An ability to communicate effectively by both written and oral means
  • Effective stress management skills


Entry Routesheader image

Cytogenetic technologists will typically have a Level 8 Degree in Genetics or a related field. Relevant Degree courses are available from a range of Universities. 

Alternative degree courses where a significant genetics component is required would also be possible for entry.

Specific degree subjects required for this role include biochemistry, biological sciences, biomedical science, genetics, medicine, psychology.

Research work, hospital laboratory placements and/or relevant experience gained using similar scientific and analytical techniques can be useful.

Most laboratories employ their own competence based training scheme. Continuous on-the-job training is required to learn new laboratory techniques and IT developments, to keep up to date in their specialist area.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Cytogenetic Laboratory at the National Centre for Medical Genetics
  Address: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12
  Tel: 01 - 409 6739
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