Career Outlook

Career Outlook for Cytologists

Where can Cytologists work?
Cytologists are employed at the professional level in hospital and private laboratories, university medical centers, and government facilities. Because of the increased use of cytologic testing to confirm disease, more cytologists are needed.

High Demand
A national shortage of cytologists continues to pose a formidable challenge to laboratories regardless of size or geographic location. Positions are available throughout the country in both urban and rural settings. UNMC Diagnostic Cytology program graduates have found successful, fulfilling careers.

Due to various vacancy rates around the country, some employers are now offering tuition payment and sign-on bonuses for employment contracts either at the time of Diagnostic Cytology program entry or upon graduation. The average starting salary for a new UNMC graduate is approximately $65,000/yr (in the Midwest).