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29-2011.03 - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians

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

Sample of reported job titles: Histologic Technician, Histotechnologist, Histology Technician

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Category Task
100   Core Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
100   Core Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
98   Core Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
96   Core Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
91   Core Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
89   Core Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
87   Core Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
85   Core Freeze tissue specimens.
85   Core Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
82   Core Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
79   Core Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
76   Core Supervise histology laboratory activities.
67   Core Teach students or other staff.
75   Supplemental Perform electron microscopy or mass spectrometry to analyze specimens.

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

Automated cover slipping equipment — Automated coverslippers
Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying ovens; Slide dryers
General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers — Laboratory refrigerators
Histological knives or knife holders or blades — Anti-roll plates; Histology diamond knives; Histology glass knives
Histology or cytology slide stainers — Slide stainers
Laboratory balances — Electronic laboratory balances
Laboratory staining dishes or jars — Staining dishes; Staining trays
Microscope slide cabinets — Microscope slide drawers
Microtomes — Rotary microtomes; Sled microtomes; Ultramicrotomes; Vibratomes (see all 10 examples)
Tissue culture incubators — Incubators
Tissue embedding stations — Tissue embedding equipment
Tissue processors — Automated tissue sectioning systems; Manual tissue choppers

Technology used in this occupation:

Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access
Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook
Label making software — Brady Specimen Labeling System; Specimen labeling system software
Medical software — Cerner Millennium; Laboratory information system LIS software
Office suite software — Microsoft Office software
Presentation software
Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
Word processing software — Microsoft Word

See all 30 T2 categories

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Knowledge   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Knowledge
68   Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
58   Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
55   English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
51   Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
50   Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
46   Production and Processing — Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
44   Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
43   Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
43   Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
40   Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
39   Mechanical — Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
38   Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
38   Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
34   Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
31   Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
27   Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
25   Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
20   Telecommunications — Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
18   Communications and Media — Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
16   Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
16   Transportation — Knowledge of principles and methods for moving people or goods by air, rail, sea, or road, including the relative costs and benefits.
15   Design — Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
15   Economics and Accounting — Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
15   Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
13   Sociology and Anthropology — Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
  Philosophy and Theology — Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
  Foreign Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
  Therapy and Counseling — Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  Fine Arts — Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
  History and Archeology — Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
  Building and Construction — Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  Food Production — Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  Geography — Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.

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Skills   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Skill
66   Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
66   Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
63   Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
56   Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
56   Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
56   Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively.
56   Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others.
53   Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
53   Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
53   Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
53   Operation Monitoring — Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
53   Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
50   Mathematics — Using mathematics to solve problems.
50   Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
47   Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
47   Instructing — Teaching others how to do something.
47   Operation and Control — Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
44   Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
44   Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
44   Quality Control Analysis — Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
44   Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
41   Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
38   Equipment Selection — Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
38   Persuasion — Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
38   Service Orientation — Actively looking for ways to help people.
38   Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
35   Negotiation — Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
35   Repairing — Repairing machines or systems using the needed tools.
35   Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
22   Management of Material Resources — Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
19   Management of Financial Resources — Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
16   Programming — Writing computer programs for various purposes.
16   Technology Design — Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
  Operations Analysis — Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 Installation — Installing equipment, machines, wiring, or programs to meet specifications.

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Abilities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Ability
75   Arm-Hand Steadiness — The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
75   Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
72   Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
69   Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
66   Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
66   Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
66   Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
63   Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
60   Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
60   Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
60   Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
60   Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
60   Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
56   Control Precision — The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
56   Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
56   Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
56   Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
56   Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
53   Manual Dexterity — The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
53   Multilimb Coordination — The ability to coordinate two or more limbs (for example, two arms, two legs, or one leg and one arm) while sitting, standing, or lying down. It does not involve performing the activities while the whole body is in motion.
47   Visualization — The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
47   Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
44   Auditory Attention — The ability to focus on a single source of sound in the presence of other distracting sounds.
44   Mathematical Reasoning — The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
44   Number Facility — The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
41   Far Vision — The ability to see details at a distance.
41   Reaction Time — The ability to quickly respond (with the hand, finger, or foot) to a signal (sound, light, picture) when it appears.
41   Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
38   Depth Perception — The ability to judge which of several objects is closer or farther away from you, or to judge the distance between you and an object.
38   Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
38   Rate Control — The ability to time your movements or the movement of a piece of equipment in anticipation of changes in the speed and/or direction of a moving object or scene.
38   Static Strength — The ability to exert maximum muscle force to lift, push, pull, or carry objects.
38   Time Sharing — The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
35   Originality — The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
35   Trunk Strength — The ability to use your abdominal and lower back muscles to support part of the body repeatedly or continuously over time without 'giving out' or fatiguing.
31   Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
31   Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
31   Wrist-Finger Speed — The ability to make fast, simple, repeated movements of the fingers, hands, and wrists.
28   Gross Body Coordination — The ability to coordinate the movement of your arms, legs, and torso together when the whole body is in motion.
28   Response Orientation — The ability to choose quickly between two or more movements in response to two or more different signals (lights, sounds, pictures). It includes the speed with which the correct response is started with the hand, foot, or other body part.
25   Dynamic Strength — The ability to exert muscle force repeatedly or continuously over time. This involves muscular endurance and resistance to muscle fatigue.
19   Extent Flexibility — The ability to bend, stretch, twist, or reach with your body, arms, and/or legs.
19   Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
13   Gross Body Equilibrium — The ability to keep or regain your body balance or stay upright when in an unstable position.
  Sound Localization — The ability to tell the direction from which a sound originated.
  Spatial Orientation — The ability to know your location in relation to the environment or to know where other objects are in relation to you.
  Speed of Limb Movement — The ability to quickly move the arms and legs.
 Dynamic Flexibility — The ability to quickly and repeatedly bend, stretch, twist, or reach out with your body, arms, and/or legs.
 Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
 Glare Sensitivity — The ability to see objects in the presence of glare or bright lighting.
 Night Vision — The ability to see under low light conditions.
 Peripheral Vision — The ability to see objects or movement of objects to one's side when the eyes are looking ahead.

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Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Activity
76   Controlling Machines and Processes — Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
75   Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
74   Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
73   Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
73   Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
72   Handling and Moving Objects — Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
72   Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
70   Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
70   Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
70   Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
70   Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
69   Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
68   Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
67   Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
62   Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.
61   Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people.
60   Developing and Building Teams — Encouraging and building mutual trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
60   Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel.
57   Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.
  • Train medical providers.
56   Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
55   Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
53   Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
  • Analyze laboratory findings.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
53   Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity.
53   Performing General Physical Activities — Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.
52   Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.
51   Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.
51   Repairing and Maintaining Mechanical Equipment — Servicing, repairing, adjusting, and testing machines, devices, moving parts, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of mechanical (not electronic) principles.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
49   Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
48   Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them.
48   Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
47   Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
47   Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
46   Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
45   Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
42   Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others — Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.
41   Staffing Organizational Units — Recruiting, interviewing, selecting, hiring, and promoting employees in an organization.
37   Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
37   Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment — Providing documentation, detailed instructions, drawings, or specifications to tell others about how devices, parts, equipment, or structures are to be fabricated, constructed, assembled, modified, maintained, or used.
25   Operating Vehicles, Mechanized Devices, or Equipment — Running, maneuvering, navigating, or driving vehicles or mechanized equipment, such as forklifts, passenger vehicles, aircraft, or water craft.
19   Performing for or Working Directly with the Public — Performing for people or dealing directly with the public. This includes serving customers in restaurants and stores, and receiving clients or guests.
19   Selling or Influencing Others — Convincing others to buy merchandise/goods or to otherwise change their minds or actions.

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Work Context   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Context
Work Context
98   Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — How much does this job require wearing common protective or safety equipment such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets?
97   Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in environmentally controlled conditions?
97   Time Pressure — How often does this job require the worker to meet strict deadlines?
94   Exposed to Hazardous Conditions — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous conditions?
93   Face-to-Face Discussions — How often do you have to have face-to-face discussions with individuals or teams in this job?
93   Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — How important is being very exact or highly accurate in performing this job?
91   Exposed to Contaminants — How often does this job require working exposed to contaminants (such as pollutants, gases, dust or odors)?
90   Spend Time Using Your Hands to Handle, Control, or Feel Objects, Tools, or Controls — How much does this job require using your hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls?
87   Importance of Repeating Same Tasks — How important is repeating the same physical activities (e.g., key entry) or mental activities (e.g., checking entries in a ledger) over and over, without stopping, to performing this job?
85   Spend Time Making Repetitive Motions — How much does this job require making repetitive motions?
85   Telephone — How often do you have telephone conversations in this job?
77   Consequence of Error — How serious would the result usually be if the worker made a mistake that was not readily correctable?
76   Frequency of Decision Making — How frequently is the worker required to make decisions that affect other people, the financial resources, and/or the image and reputation of the organization?
75   Contact With Others — How much does this job require the worker to be in contact with others (face-to-face, by telephone, or otherwise) in order to perform it?
75   Exposed to Disease or Infections — How often does this job require exposure to disease/infections?
73   Electronic Mail — How often do you use electronic mail in this job?
73   Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — How much responsibility is there for the health and safety of others in this job?
73   Work With Work Group or Team — How important is it to work with others in a group or team in this job?
70   Physical Proximity — To what extent does this job require the worker to perform job tasks in close physical proximity to other people?
68   Freedom to Make Decisions — How much decision making freedom, without supervision, does the job offer?
68   Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — How do the decisions an employee makes impact the results of co-workers, clients or the company?
67   Structured versus Unstructured Work — To what extent is this job structured for the worker, rather than allowing the worker to determine tasks, priorities, and goals?
65   Spend Time Sitting — How much does this job require sitting?
61   Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — How responsible is the worker for work outcomes and results of other workers?
60   Degree of Automation — How automated is the job?
56   Letters and Memos — How often does the job require written letters and memos?
55   Coordinate or Lead Others — How important is it to coordinate or lead others in accomplishing work activities in this job?
52   Duration of Typical Work Week — Number of hours typically worked in one week.
50   Pace Determined by Speed of Equipment — How important is it to this job that the pace is determined by the speed of equipment or machinery? (This does not refer to keeping busy at all times on this job.)
49   Exposed to Hazardous Equipment — How often does this job require exposure to hazardous equipment?
46   Exposed to Minor Burns, Cuts, Bites, or Stings — How often does this job require exposure to minor burns, cuts, bites, or stings?
45   Level of Competition — To what extent does this job require the worker to compete or to be aware of competitive pressures?
42   Frequency of Conflict Situations — How often are there conflict situations the employee has to face in this job?
42   Spend Time Standing — How much does this job require standing?
38   Sounds, Noise Levels Are Distracting or Uncomfortable — How often does this job require working exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable?
37   Deal With External Customers — How important is it to work with external customers or the public in this job?
32   Deal With Unpleasant or Angry People — How frequently does the worker have to deal with unpleasant, angry, or discourteous individuals as part of the job requirements?
31   Wear Specialized Protective or Safety Equipment such as Breathing Apparatus, Safety Harness, Full Protection Suits, or Radiation Protection — How much does this job require wearing specialized protective or safety equipment such as breathing apparatus, safety harness, full protection suits, or radiation protection?
22   Spend Time Walking and Running — How much does this job require walking and running?
20   Spend Time Bending or Twisting the Body — How much does this job require bending or twisting your body?
15   Public Speaking — How often do you have to perform public speaking in this job?
12   Exposed to Radiation — How often does this job require exposure to radiation?
10   Very Hot or Cold Temperatures — How often does this job require working in very hot (above 90 F degrees) or very cold (below 32 F degrees) temperatures?
  Cramped Work Space, Awkward Positions — How often does this job require working in cramped work spaces that requires getting into awkward positions?
  Spend Time Kneeling, Crouching, Stooping, or Crawling — How much does this job require kneeling, crouching, stooping or crawling?
  Work Schedules — How regular are the work schedules for this job?
  Extremely Bright or Inadequate Lighting — How often does this job require working in extremely bright or inadequate lighting conditions?
  Deal With Physically Aggressive People — How frequently does this job require the worker to deal with physical aggression of violent individuals?
  In an Enclosed Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in a closed vehicle or equipment (e.g., car)?
  Spend Time Keeping or Regaining Balance — How much does this job require keeping or regaining your balance?
  Exposed to Whole Body Vibration — How often does this job require exposure to whole body vibration (e.g., operate a jackhammer)?
  Spend Time Climbing Ladders, Scaffolds, or Poles — How much does this job require climbing ladders, scaffolds, or poles?
 Exposed to High Places — How often does this job require exposure to high places?
 In an Open Vehicle or Equipment — How often does this job require working in an open vehicle or equipment (e.g., tractor)?
 Indoors, Not Environmentally Controlled — How often does this job require working indoors in non-controlled environmental conditions (e.g., warehouse without heat)?
 Outdoors, Exposed to Weather — How often does this job require working outdoors, exposed to all weather conditions?
 Outdoors, Under Cover — How often does this job require working outdoors, under cover (e.g., structure with roof but no walls)?

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Job Zone   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Title Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
Related Experience Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
Job Training Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
Job Zone Examples These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include food service managers, electricians, agricultural technicians, legal secretaries, interviewers, and insurance sales agents.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
46   Associate's degree
25   Bachelor's degree
17   Post-secondary certificate Help

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100   Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
72   Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
61   Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
11   Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
  Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.
  Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.

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Work Styles   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Importance
Work Style
91   Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
87   Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
85   Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical.
74   Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
72   Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
72   Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
70   Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
69   Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
67   Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
66   Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
66   Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles.
64   Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
63   Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
60   Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
57   Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
54   Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
67   Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.
56   Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
50   Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.
50   Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.
45   Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.
33   Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.

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Related Occupations   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

19-4011.01 Agricultural Technicians Green Occupation
19-4031.00 Chemical Technicians   Green Occupation Green
29-2011.00 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
29-2011.01 Cytogenetic Technologists Bright Outlook
29-2012.00 Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians   Bright Outlook Bright Outlook  
29-2031.00 Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians Bright Outlook
29-2055.00 Surgical Technologists Bright Outlook
29-2056.00 Veterinary Technologists and Technicians Bright Outlook
29-2099.01 Neurodiagnostic Technologists Bright Outlook
31-9099.02 Endoscopy Technicians Bright Outlook

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists.
Employment data collected from Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists.
Industry data collected from Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists.

Median wages (2013) $28.09 hourly, $58,430 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 164,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Average (8% to 14%) Average (8% to 14%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 65,800
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Health Care and Social Assistance (88% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2013 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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