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Cytotechnologists usually work independently in a well-lighted laboratory examining slides under the microscope. Often this involves sitting at a workstation for a considerable length of time and requires intense concentration. Some cytotechnologists assist other medical personnel with the direct collection of cell samples from patients. This type of work requires interacting directly with people who are ill or who may be concerned about their health and the test results. Cytotechnologists do not necessarily work typical nine-to-five hours. Daily schedules and shifts may vary according to the size of the laboratory and medical facility.

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