Histologists who are also sometimes called histotechnologists are medical professionals that study the microscopic structure of tissue. They prepare samples using specialized equipment that cuts extremely thin slices of the tissue. Then they mount these slices on microscope slides and apply chemicals that will stain them so that tissue structures can be visualized. They also use computer equipment for some of their analyses. The samples they prepare are used by physicians who want to see detect and diagnose whether a patient has a disease or malignancy. According to the website httpdiplomaguide.com histologists may also be able to match blood for transfusions and to test drug levels in blood in order to determine whether a patient is responding to a treatment. In addition they may study body fluids to detect whether there are any parasites or bacteria. The website www.collegecrunch.org says that aspiring histologists must earn a bachelor’s degree in chemistry microbiology statistics biological science or medical technology. They are required to pass a national board examination and to have and maintain certification from a professional organization such as the American Society for Clinical Pathology. Usually they complete a one-year clinical internship or they do several years of training in a histopathology laboratory. Histologists work in hospitals but they are also employed by medical and diagnostic as well as research laboratories. The Bureau of Labor statistics projects that the demand for histologists will increase in the coming decade because of all the new laboratory tests being developed and the growth of the population that may have medical problems. According to the website www.collegecrunch.org entry-level histologists earn an average annual salary of about $26500 but the experienced histologists earn approximately $50000.
|Education Required:||Bachelor's Degree|
|Tasks:||Studies the microscopic structure of tissue.
Analyzes cells and body fluids.
Searches for parasites, bacteria and other microorganisms.
Matches blood for transfusion purposes.