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.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Histology Technicians, Histotechnicians
Duties Use various instruments and machines to prepare tissue samples for analysis; work closely with researchers and other medical personnel
Salary Range $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Some Postsecondary Training
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience On-the-job training, part-time experience in a lab
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Hands On
  • Technical
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Histology Laboratory Supervisor
  • Histologic Technician
  • Histologic Technician Trainee

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