|Duties and Responsibilities:
||Histology Specialists include both Histologic Technicians and Histologists.
Histologists are also referred to as Histotechnologists. Both histologic
technicians and histologists prepare tissue samples that are used by physicians
to determine if a patient has a disease, dysfunction, or malignancy.
Histology technicians and histologists prepare samples by using equipment
to thinly slice tissue samples. They then mount the thin slices on
microscope slides and use chemicals to stain them so important structures
Histologists perform more complex and advanced procedures than technicians
and often also perform management functions.
Histology specialists work in hospital, veterinary, pharmacy, or research
$22,000 - $35,000 (Histologic technicians)
$30,000 - $50,000 (Histologists)
||Students should take the most challenging high school courses in science,
math, and English.
To become a histologic technician, students must either earn an associate's
degree in the field and complete a one year internship or complete a long-term
training program in a histopathology lab. They must also pass a national
To become a histologist, students must either earn a bachelor's degree
that includes a one year clinical internship or complete a long-term training
program in a histopathology lab. They must also pass a national examination.
|For More Information:
||National Society for Histotechnology
4201 Northview Drive, Ste. 502
Bowie, MD 20716-2604