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Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians

Prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.   (O'Net 29-2011.03)

 
Reported job titles:   Certified Histologic Technician, Charge Histotechnologist, Clinical Laboratory Manager, Facility Manager, Histology, Histologic Aide, Histologic Technician   (view all job titles)
 
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    Wages
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                          - Cytogenetic Technologists
                          - Cytotechnologists
                          - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 21.54   $ 26.92   $ 32.22   $ 37.08   $ 43.82   $ 32.08  
    Yearly $44,790   $56,000   $67,010   $77,120   $91,140   $66,720  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 19.35   $ 31.15   $ 35.60   $ 41.60   $ 48.43   $ 35.36  
    Yearly $40,240   $64,790   $74,060   $86,520   $100,730   $73,540  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 22.93   $ 27.65   $ 31.84   $ 36.08   $ 39.72   $ 31.47  
    Yearly $47,690   $57,520   $66,220   $75,040   $82,620   $65,450  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 20.81   $ 23.23   $ 26.65   $ 29.85   $ 34.87   $ 27.08  
    Yearly $43,290   $48,320   $55,430   $62,080   $72,530   $56,320  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
     


    Employment Trends
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                                  - Cytogenetic Technologists
                                  - Cytotechnologists
                                  - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 235 255 0.8% 8
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
    for Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists which includes:
                                - Cytogenetic Technologists
                                - Cytotechnologists
                                - Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 58.2%
    Ambulatory healthcare services 29.7%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 4.7%
    Federal government, all industries 3.3%
    Scientific research and development services 1.6%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
    for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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  • 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.
     
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
     
  • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
     
  • Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
     
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
     
  • Freeze tissue specimens.
     
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
     
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Knowledge
    for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
     
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
     
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
     
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
     
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • Mechanical - Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Skills
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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
     
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
     
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
     
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Abilities
    for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Finger Dexterity - The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
     
  • Flexibility of Closure - The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
     
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
     
  • Perceptual Speed - The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
     
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
     
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
     
  • Category Flexibility - The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
     
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Work Activities
    for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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  • Controlling Machines and Processes - Using either control mechanisms or direct physical activity to operate machines or processes (not including computers or vehicles).
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material - Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects.
     
  • Handling and Moving Objects - Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Interests
    for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Conventional - Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2009
     


    Work Styles
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  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Independence - Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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    No state licenses listed for this occupation.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
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  • Training: Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.
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  • Experience: Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians  updated June 2010
     


    Schools
    offering instructional programs related to Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
     
    • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other.
     
    • Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist.
     
     Search for schools offering these programs at
     
     
     
    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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