Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
SOC: 29-2011.03


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

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
164,800 employed

Projected (2024):
187,900 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Certified Histologic Technician
  • Charge Histotechnologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Manager
  • Facility Manager, Histology
  • Histologic Aide
  • Histologic Technician
  • Histology Specialist
  • Histology Technician
  • Histology Technologist
  • Histotechnician
  • Histotechnologist
  • Histotechnologist Supervisor
  • Pathology Supervisor

  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed


    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.


    Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

    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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting
  • Repairing
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
  • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
  • Perform electron microscopy or mass spectrometry to analyze specimens.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
  • Supervise histology laboratory activities.
  • Teach students or other staff.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Anti-roll plates
  • Automated coverslippers
  • Automated tissue sectioning systems
  • Back sledge microtomes
  • Clinical freezing microtomes
  • Cryostat microtomes
  • Cytocentrifuges
  • Desktop computers
  • Drying ovens
  • Electronic laboratory balances
  • Histology diamond knives
  • Histology glass knives
  • Incubators
  • Knife sharpeners
  • Label printers
  • Laboratory microwave ovens
  • Laboratory refrigerators
  • Laser microtomes
  • Manual tissue choppers
  • Microscope slide drawers
  • Paraffin microtomes
  • pH meters
  • Rotary microtomes
  • Saw microtomes
  • Sled microtomes
  • Slide dryers
  • Slide stainers
  • Specimen freezers
  • Staining dishes
  • Staining trays
  • Tissue block storage drawers
  • Tissue embedding equipment
  • Tissue flotation baths
  • Tissue processors
  • Ultramicrotomes
  • Vibratomes
  • Water baths
  • Brady Specimen Labeling System
  • Cerner Millennium
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
  • MEDITECH software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Word
  • Presentation software
  • Specimen labeling system software
  • Spreadsheet software

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800