About Histotechnology

Who are Histotechnologists?

Histotechnologists play a fundamental role in the allied health profession. Histotechnicians (HTs) and histotechnologists (HTLs) are members of a laboratory team who employ histologic technology to diagnose diseases, conduct research, or instruct others in the science.

A histotechnologist will prepare very thin slices of human, animal or plant tissue for microscopic examination. This is an important part of the intricate process of scientific investigation used in establishing and confirming patient diagnosis.

Because of the histotechnologist‘s skillful application of sophisticated laboratory techniques, the seemingly invisible world of tissue structure becomes visible under a microscope.

Why Should I be a Histotechnologist?

Take a closer look at what it takes to become a histotech:

The histotechnician works with delicate instruments and automated equipment as well as knives, chemicals and glass slides. He or she must value precision and have good hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.

Tasks performed by the histotechnologist require patience, mechanical ability, knowledge of biology, immunology, molecular biology, anatomy and chemistry.

Histotechnicians have an unlimited choice of practice settings. Job openings for qualified histotechnicians can be found in:

  • hospitals,
  • clinics,
  • dermapathology labs,
  • public health facilities,
  • industrial research,
  • veterinary pathology,
  • marine biology,
  • forensic pathology.

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All histotechnicians have certain common characteristics:

What it Takes

Job Opportunities

There are more jobs for histotechnicians than educated people to fill those jobs! The future long-term employment looks bright.

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