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Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians

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Prepare histologic slides from tissue sections for microscopic examination and diagnosis by pathologists. May assist in research studies.

    Work Activities
    • 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.
    • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
    • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
    • Freeze tissue specimens.
    • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
    • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
    • Maintain laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
    • Supervise histology laboratory activities.
    • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
    • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
    • Teach students or other staff.
    • Perform electron microscopy or mass spectrometry to analyze specimens.
    • 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.

    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy
    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    • Ohio Annual Salary $53,040/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $25.50/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 6,900
    • Yearly Projected Openings 500
    Typical Education
    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Tissue processors
    • Microtomes
    • Laboratory staining dishes or jars
    • Histological knives or knife holders or blades
    • Drying cabinets or ovens
    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Label making software
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.