Histotechnician (HT)

Work Activities/Work Locations

  • Histotechnicians assist the physician, pathologist, by preparing and staining thin tissue sections from surgical and autopsy specimens for microscopic study.
  • 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 diseases.
  • 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 pathology.

Advantages and Disadvantages

  • 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.

 

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