- Histotechnicians assist the physician, pathologist, by preparing and
staining thin tissue sections from surgical and autopsy specimens for
- Histotechnologists (Bachelor's Degree) perform more specialized procedures than Histotechnicians (Associate Degree).
- Routine histology areas include: tissue preparation, embedding, microtomy, staining, and frozen sectioning.
- Specialty areas include special and immunohistochemistry staining, exposure to electron microscopy, and muscle biopsies.
- Along with preparing the slides they also must stain them to
enhance the visual detection of abnormalities caused by specific
- Most Histotechnicians work in the pathology laboratory at a
hospital, clinic, research, public health, or veterinary lab. Other
opportunities are available in industrial, marine and forensic
- Enjoy performing important medical procedures that enable physicians
to make an accurate patient diagnosis and give proper treatment.
- Tasks require patience, fine motor control skills and the
ability to work quickly but carefully in individual and group settings.
- Less interaction with patients.
- Admission to training programs is limited.