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Histotechnologists & Histologic Technicians

Also called: Histologic Technician, Histology Specialist, Histology Technician, Histotechnologist

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps.

What they do:
Prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.
On the job, you would:
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.


Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • customer service
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady
  • put together small parts with your fingers
  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen


People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility


You might use software like this on the job:

Label making software
  • Brady Specimen Labeling System
  • Specimen labeling system software
Medical software
  • Cerner Millennium
  • Laboratory information system LIS software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
bachelor's degree
usually needed

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