Histology Technologist

The role of a histology technologist is essential to pathologists and other medical professionals who examine human and animal tissue and cell samples to detect various types of diseases abnormalities and cancers. Histology technologists are trained to work in a laboratory setting and use specialized techniques to prepare tissue or cell slides that will be viewed using a microscope. According to www.Mayo.edu a histology technologist plays a key role in providing the correct diagnoses to patients whose samples have been sent to a laboratory for evaluation. A high level of precision that a histology technologist uses to prepare tissue slides is imperative because incorrect preparation of the slides could mean the difference between correct and incorrect diagnoses. Therefore a histology technician must consider themselves to be highly meticulous responsible and extremely detail oriented in order to be successful in this profession. Ehow.com says that histology technicians are responsible for duties other than preparing tissue sample slides such as maintaining laboratory equipment and instruments and sometimes entering data into a computer program. They are also often responsible for keeping an inventory of laboratory supplies and ordering more when necessary. In order to become a histology technologist a two-year degree must be earned which usually includes courses in biology chemistry and other similar subjects. The American Society for Clinical Pathology states that the average yearly salary for a histology technologist is $42099 per year.

Education Required: Associate's Degree
Avg Salary: $42099
High Salary: $52099
Low Salary: $32099
Tasks: Prepares laboratory slides for pathologists to evaluate.
Stains tissue samples for microscopic examination.
Helps with specimen collection.
Maintains laboratory equipment and instruments.
Also Called: Pathologist
Medical Laboratory Technician
Biomedical Scientist
Laboratory Technologist
Additional Resources: http://www.mayo.edu/mshs/histology-career.html