Job Description for Histotechnologist
A histotechnologist is a highly specialized person in the medical field and is crucial to the treatment of patients. They run and perform diagnostic tests on patient tissue samples to examine the microscopic aspects of diseases. In addition to diagnosing diseases at the cellular level, they provide guidance on how to treat these diseases in a way that is specifically tailored to an individual patient’s pathology. The histotechnologist is responsible for not only these diagnostics, but also the machinery involved, which often includes complex laboratory instruments.Read More...
There are a few qualifications for this job that are fairly consistent throughout the field. The first is a bachelor’s degree in a physical science. You also need to know various lab techniques, including cell staining, immunohistochemical staining, and molecular fluoroscopy. You need to be familiar with the tools of the job and how they run. The person should be certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a histotechnician or histotechnologist. Experience working in a lab is almost always a must, as this is a critical part of the job.
You will be working in a lab, either in a hospital or offsite. Your hours will be regular business hours, and you will be working alongside chemists, biochemists, and physicians. You will be part of a team that treats patients in a group fashion, each member contributing a different portion.
- Prepare tissue samples by fixing, staining, dying, trimming, and other methods.
- Identify and document technical issues, quality assurance, and procedural improvements.
- Use, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment, and keep a clean, disinfected work space.
- Receive, log, and document patient specimens and accompanying forms.
Common Career Paths for Histotechnologist
Histotechnologists' salaries tend to stay somewhat constant even when they advance into higher-level positions like Medical Histotechnologist. On average, Medical Histotechnologists get paid about the same as Histotechnologists do. A lot of Histotechnologists advance their careers by becoming Histologic Technicians and Histologists. However, those positions offer $7K less and $4K less per year on average.
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Pay by Experience Level for Histotechnologist
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Histotechnologists, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $45K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $55K. Histotechnologists with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $61K.
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