Frequently Asked Questions

What does a Histotechnologist do?

Histology Technologists work in a laboratory doing tasks that help pathologists diagnose disease. Histology technicians prepare tissue slides for microscopic evaluation using specialized equipment and techniques. They usually learn their skills by earning a two-year associate's degree.
How does this differ from a Cytotechnologist?
Histology technologists work with human and animal tissues, bone marrow, and blood and other body fluids that have been obtained from diagnostic, surgical or autopsy procedures. Cytotechnologist work more with cells and cancer diagnosis. Cytotechnologist usually require a minimum of a four year bachelor's degree.
What kind of positions can Histotechnologist attain?
A majority of HT professionals hold bench tech positions at a number of different employers. Advancement in the field though can eventually lead a histotechnician to a role of department supervisor/manager. An individual who wishes to advance their education to the level of a bachelor’s degree also has the ability to sit for the Histotechnologist (HTL) certification. As the field continues to expand with the onset of more specialized tests, Histotechs will continue to see an expansion of roles in the field.

Where do HTs work?

Many of the job opportunities for histotechnologists come from hospitals and other clinical and independent laboratories. However, any technologist interested in forensics, crime, and/or coroner work, pharmaceutical and university research and biotechnology can find unique and rewarding careers within employers that specialize in these areas.

What are the prospects for employment nationwide?
A survey is conducted annually by the American Society for Clinical Pathology to gauge the vacancy rate for medical laboratory professionals. Nationally, the vacancy rate stands at about 10% and continues to climb as the standards for the profession are raised and the number of graduates from accredited programs remains fairly fixed.