Histology Technicians
29-2012.01

This title represents an occupation for which data collection is currently underway.

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

Sample of reported job titles: Histologic Technician, Histology Technician

Occupation-Specific Information

Tasks

  • Archive diagnostic material, such as histologic slides and blocks.
  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination, using microtomes.
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks, or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
  • Freeze tissue specimens.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.

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Job Zone

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Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
Education
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SVP Range
1-2 years of preparation (6.0 to < 7.0)

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Median wages (2021)
$27.79 hourly, $57,800 annual
State wages
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Employment (2021)
329,200 employees
Projected growth (2021-2031)
Average (4% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2021-2031)
25,600
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Top industries (2021)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2021 wage data external site and 2021-2031 employment projections external site. “Projected growth” represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2021-2031). “Projected job openings” represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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