Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians

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What do they do?

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

Also known as:

Charge Histotechnologist, Clinical Laboratory Manager, Histologic Technician, Histology Specialist, Histology Technician, Histology Technologist, Histotechnologist, Histotechnologist Supervisor, Pathology Supervisor

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Employment of Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Analyze laboratory findings.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
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Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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