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Become A Histologic Technician

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Working As A Histologic Technician

  • Processing Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Repetitive

  • $39,050

    Average Salary

What Does A Histologic Technician Do

A Histologic Technician prepares tissue specimens for routine and special procedures to confirm a patient diagnosis. They work in hospital laboratories, government agencies, public health departments, and other institutions.

How To Become A Histologic Technician

Medical laboratory technologists typically need a bachelor’s degree. Technicians usually need an associate’s degree or a postsecondary certificate. Some states require technologists and technicians to be licensed.


An entry-level job for technologists usually requires a bachelor's degree in medical technology or life sciences.

A bachelor’s degree program in medical laboratory technology, also known as a medical laboratory scientist degree, includes courses in chemistry, biology, microbiology, math, and statistics. Coursework emphasizes laboratory skills, including safety procedures and lab management.

The courses may be offered through a university or hospital-based program that students attend during their senior year of college. College graduates who major in other sciences and meet a program’s prerequisites, such as having completed required courses in biology and chemistry or maintaining a certain GPA, also may apply to a medical laboratory science program.

Medical laboratory technicians often complete an associate’s degree program in clinical laboratory science. A limited number of 1-year certificate programs are available from hospitals, and admission requirements vary. The Armed Forces and vocational or technical schools also may offer certificate programs for medical laboratory technicians. Technician coursework addresses the theoretical and practical aspects of each of the major laboratory disciplines.

High school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the medical laboratory sciences should take classes in chemistry, biology, and math.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require laboratory personnel to be licensed. Requirements vary by state and specialty. For specific requirements, contact state departments of health, state boards of occupational licensing, or visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.

Certification of medical laboratory technologists and technicians is required for licensure in some states. Although certification is not required to enter the occupation in all cases, employers typically prefer to hire certified technologists and technicians.

Medical laboratory technologists and technicians can obtain a general certification as a medical laboratory technologist or technician, respectively, or a certification in a specialty, such as cytotechnology or medical biology. Most credentialing institutions require that technologists complete an accredited education program in order to qualify to sit for an exam. For more credentialing information, visit the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences.

Important Qualities

Ability to use technology. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must understand how to operate complex machinery.

Detail oriented. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians must follow exact instructions in order to perform tests or procedures correctly.

Dexterity. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians need to be skilled with their hands. They work closely with needles and precise laboratory instruments and must handle these tools effectively.

Physical stamina. Medical laboratory technologists and technicians may work on their feet for long periods while collecting samples. They may need to lift or turn disabled patients to collect samples for testing.


After additional education, work experience, or certification, technologists and technicians may specialize in one of many areas of laboratory science, such as immunology, histotechnology, or clinical chemistry. Some medical laboratory technicians advance to technologist positions after gaining experience and additional education.

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Histologic Technician Demographics


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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • French

  • Arabic

  • Chinese

  • Turkish

  • German

  • Cantonese

  • Russian

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Mandarin

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Real Histologic Technician Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Histotechnologist Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Aug 02, 2013 $68,454
Histotechnologist Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA Aug 02, 2010 $63,065
Histotechnologist Lakewood Pathology Associates, Inc. Irvine, CA Feb 13, 2013 $61,316
Histology Technician Peninsula Histopathology Laboratory, Inc. Los Gatos, CA Sep 14, 2010 $57,762
Histotechnologist Medstar-Georgetown Medical Center, Inc. Washington, DC Sep 18, 2014 $57,559
Histotechnologist E-Pathology Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH May 05, 2014 $57,164
Histotechnologist II Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania Radnor, PA Aug 06, 2012 $53,435
Histotechnologist Mohs TEK Inc. Tustin, CA Apr 15, 2014 $53,385
E-Pathology Histotechnologist Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH May 05, 2011 $52,998
Histotechnologist Cleveland Clinic Cleveland, OH May 05, 2014 $52,175
Histotechnologist Plus Diagnostics Laguna Hills, CA Oct 01, 2009 $50,839 -
Histotechnologist Plus Diagnostics Laguna Hills, CA Oct 15, 2009 $50,631 -
Histotechnologist Plus Diagnostics Laguna Hills, CA Feb 15, 2010 $50,631

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Top Skills for A Histologic Technician


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Top Histologic Technician Skills

  1. Lab Equipment
  2. Special Stains
  3. Microtome
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed preventative maintenance on lab equipment.
  • Stained both conventional and special stains.
  • Embed and microtome cut control blocks for Quality Assurance staining techniques.
  • Completed routine histology procedures efficiently and safely resulting in being selected as the Safety Officer for the histology department.
  • Assist pathologist with gross examinations.

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