Job Description

Job Title: Specialty Cytotechnologist/Cytotechnologist
Job ID: 687021
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Shift: Day Job
Department: Cytology Lab
Location: 300 Halket St, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC is excited to be hiring a Specialty Cytotechnologist/Cytotechnologist. This role will be scheduled 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

For a limited, time this position may be eligible for a sign-on bonus! If you are a Specialty Cytotechnologist/Cytotechnologist, now is the time to find your place at UPMC!

In this role, you will make the final interpretation on both quality control Pap tests and the initial diagnosis of negative Pap tests and render a diagnosis for consideration by the Pathologist on all other cell samples.

This job provides the opportunity to work with molecular testing and telecytology. The position covers the the day shift and has flexibility to work at other Urban and Non-Urban Cytology laboratory sites throughout the UPMC system, and offers opportunities for profession growth.

  • Adhere to established laboratory and hospital policies in areas of procedures, methods, quality control, quality assurance, safety, compliance and personnel policies.
  • Assist Manager with the department staff annual performance evaluations by providing objective feedback, concurrently and retrospectively.
  • Assist with the collection of fine needle aspirations and other specimens as necessary following established procedures
  • Assume responsibility for first-line supervision of the section/department on a temporary basis as delegated.
  • Correlate pertinent clinical history and obtain it when necessary as well as correlate current case with previous cytologic and/or surgical specimens.
  • Enter diagnoses on all patient cases in the Pathology Information System and sign out negative Pap tests.
  • Identify problems with instrumentation, methodology, specimens, supplies, or results and take appropriate action.
  • Interact with all laboratory customers courteously and professionally; respond to telephone inquiries in a timely manner.
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of cytologic criteria and keep abreast of current developments in the field of cytotechnology.
  • Operate and maintain equipment within the scope of training utilizing defined schedules and written instructions to perform quality control checks, preventive maintenance, and calibration. Perform minor repairs.
  • Oversee and assist with problem solving of staining and cytopreparatory procedures; perform cytopreparation, staining and clerical functions as necessary.
  • Participate in special research projects as requested; conduct, direct, or assist with procedure development and methodology/equipment evaluation and selection and implementation.
  • Participate in the skills assessment of job applicants.
  • Perform all responsibilities according to the philosophy of the UPMC Health System such that the needs of our customers are fulfilled.
  • Perform evaluation of cell samples according to established protocols with accuracy in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Perform final sign out of diagnoses on the majority of Pap tests.
  • Perform quality control re-screening on Pap tests and perform final sign out or turn in to Pathologist for review.
  • Perform responsibilities as 60% technical bench duties and 40% lead specialist duties.
  • Present cytology conferences; assist with clinical administrative functions.
  • Render diagnosis for consideration by Pathologist on all other cell samples and mark diagnostic areas on slide.
  • Train and orient new employees, students and residents, as applicable and as assigned.


  • Specialty Cytotechnologist
    • Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university required. 
    • Successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Cytotechnology program required 
    • 3 years of experience as a Cytotechnologist required. 
    • Pathology Information System experience preferred.
    • Bachelors degree from an accredited college/university required. 
    • Successful completion of a CAHEA accredited Cytotechnology program required; OR equivalent education and experience. 
    • 1-2 years experience as a Cytotechnologist preferred. 
    • Pathology Information System experience preferred.

    Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
    • Act 34 Criminal Clearance
    • CT (ASCP) or
    • SCT (ASCP)

    Applicants will be placed into the appropriate job title and salary based on their individual experience and education. The Cytotechnologist salary begins at $22.46/hour.

    UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $24.64 to $39.11

Union Position: No

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