Histologic Technicians

Histologic technicians perform basic laboratory procedures to prepare tissue specimens for microscopic examination. They process specimens to prevent deterioration and cut them using special laboratory equipment. They stain specimens with special dyes and mount the tissues on slides. Histologic technicians work closely with pathologists and other medical personnel to detect disease and illness.


Quick Facts
Duties Use various instruments and machines to prepare tissue samples for analysis; work closely with researchers and other medical personnel.
Alternate Title(s) Histology Technicians, Histotechnicians
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions wherever hospitals, doctors' offices, and diagnostic labs are located
Education and Training
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience On-the-job training, prior part-time experience in a laboratory setting
Skills
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Histology Laboratory Supervisor
  • Histologic Technician
  • Histologic Technician Trainee

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