A histologist is generally hired by laboratories, such as research labs, development labs, or labs within a healthcare organization. Generally, the histologist should at least have an associate's degree or have graduated from a histology training program. Some organizations may be looking for prospective employees with a bachelor's degree in biology or a related field of science. Many companies require that the histologist must be certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and that they keep their certification renewed as required. Most organizations are looking for applicants that have at least one to three years of experience working in a laboratory environment, although some can require as many as 5 years of previous experience.
The histologist will usually work amongst other histologists in a team. The main roles of a histologist include staining tissues and preparing or processing tissue specimens, as well as microtomy and accessioning. They will need to ensure that their equipment is in operating condition and adhere to strict quality-control standards for their processed samples. The histologist must follow standard operating protocol, as well as remain within any company guidelines that are presented to them. The histologist will be working with other lab departments within the same organization. This person can be required to process samples for another department or send out samples to a different division of the company. The histologist may also be asked to present information to clients and customers, as well as address any inquiries presented to them by other individuals within the lab.
Support the physicians by reporting accurate and relevant results.
Identify and diagnose infection, disease, parasitic infestation, or compatibility of fluid and tissue samples.
Comply with and enforce all safety and regulatory practices.
Perform routine analysis of body fluids and tissue.
Care for laboratory equipment.