Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians

Prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.

Median Annual Wage: $59,430

Education: Associate's degree (48%); Bachelor's degree (25%); Post-secondary certificate (10%)

Projected Growth: Average (8% to 14%)

Related Job Titles: Clinical Laboratory Manager; Histologic Technician; Histotechnologist; Histology Technician; Charge Histotechnologist; Facility Manager, Histology; Histology Specialist; Histology Technologist; Histotechnologist Supervisor; Pathology Supervisor

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  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
  • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
  • Freeze tissue specimens.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
  • Supervise histology laboratory activities.
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
  • Teach students or other staff.

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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians.

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