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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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
- Use, maintain, and calibrate laboratory equipment, and keep a clean, disinfected work space.
- Receive, log, and document patient specimens and accompanying forms.
- Prepare tissue samples by fixing, staining, dying, trimming, and other methods.
- Identify and document technical issues, quality assurance, and procedural improvements.
Common Career Paths for Histotechnologist
Histotechnologists tend not to experience significant pay changes as they move up the career ladder to roles like Medical Histotechnologist. The two jobs pay about the same on average. Histotechnologists most often move into Histologic Technician or Histologist roles. However, the former pays $8K less on average, and the latter pays $5K less.
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Pay by Experience Level for Histotechnologist
Pay by Experience for a Histotechnologist has a positive trend. An entry-level Histotechnologist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $46,000 based on 216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Histotechnologist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $54,000 based on 109 salaries. An experienced Histotechnologist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $58,000 based on 97 salaries. A Histotechnologist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 44 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Histotechnologists will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 44 percent. Histotechnologists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+36 percent), Baltimore (+21 percent), Chicago (+16 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). Histotechnologists in Pittsburgh report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 23 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Minneapolis and 11 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.
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