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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  |  Job Zone  |  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.

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.
  • 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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Job Zone

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 hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.
SVP Range (6.0 to < 7.0)

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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 (2020) 335,500 employees
Projected growth (2020-2030) Faster than average (10% to 15%) Faster than average (10% to 15%)
Projected job openings (2020-2030) 25,900
State trends
 
Top industries (2020)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data external site and 2020-2030 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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