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29-2011.04 - Histotechnologists

Apply knowledge of health and disease causes to evaluate new laboratory techniques and procedures to examine tissue samples. Process and prepare histological slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May solve technical or instrument problems or assist with research studies.

Sample of reported job titles: Charge Histotechnologist, Clinical Laboratory Manager, Histology Specialist, Histology Technologist, Histotechnologist

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Tasks

  • Compile and maintain records of preventive maintenance and instrument performance checks according to schedule and regulations. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Compile materials for distribution to pathologists, such as surgical working drafts, requisitions, and slides. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination, using microtomes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform electron microscopy or mass spectrometry to analyze specimens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform tests by following physician instructions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Prepare substances, such as reagents and dilution, and stains for histological specimens according to protocols. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Resolve problems with laboratory equipment and instruments, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Supervise histology laboratory activities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Teach students or other staff. See more occupations related to this task.

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Technology Skills

  • Data base user interface and query software — Microsoft Access Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Microsoft Outlook Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Label making software — Brady Specimen Labeling System; Specimen labeling system software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — Cerner Millennium; Laboratory information system LIS; MEDITECH software Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • Automated cover slipping equipment — Automated coverslippers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Cytocentrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Drying cabinets or ovens — Drying ovens; Slide dryers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers — Laboratory refrigerators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histological hones or straps or compounds — Knife sharpeners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histological knives or knife holders or blades — Anti-roll plates; Histology diamond knives; Histology glass knives See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histology or cytology slide stainers — Slide stainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histology or tissue cassette cabinets — Tissue block storage drawers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making machines — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory balances — Electronic laboratory balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory microwave ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars — Staining dishes; Staining trays See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microscope slide cabinets — Microscope slide drawers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microtomes — Rotary microtomes; Sled microtomes; Ultramicrotomes; Vibratomes (see all 10 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • pH meters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue culture incubators — Incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue embedding stations — Tissue embedding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue flotation baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue processors — Automated tissue sectioning systems; Manual tissue choppers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers — Specimen freezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths See more occupations related to this tool.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze laboratory findings. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute supplies to workers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain repair or maintenance records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare medications or medical solutions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians.
Employment data for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians.
Industry data for Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians.

Median wages (2019) $25.54 hourly, $53,120 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 337,800 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Faster than average (5% to 7%) Faster than average (5% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 21,600
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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