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Histotechnologists & Histologic Technicians

Also called: Histologic Technician, Histotechnologist, Histology Technician

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Histopathology Apprentice; Histopathology Craftsman; Histopathology Helper; Histopathology Journeyman

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:
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.

Knowledge

Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design

Skills

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

Abilities

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

Personality

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
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

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

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$57,580
per year, on average
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