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29-2012.01 - Histology Technicians

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

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

Tasks  |  Technology Skills  |  Tools Used  |  Detailed Work Activities  |  Credentials  |  Wages & Employment  |  Job Openings  |  Additional Information

Tasks

  • Archive diagnostic material, such as histologic slides and blocks. 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.
  • Freeze tissue specimens. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides. 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.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes. 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.

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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.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare materials for preservation, storage, or display. 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 (2020) $26.05 hourly, $54,180 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 2020 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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