The Field of Histotechnology

Histotechnology is a structural science that is concerned with evaluation of tissues, their cellular morphology and their chemical composition. Histotechnologists work under the supervision of a pathologist preparing tissue specimens of human, animal or plant origin for diagnostic, research and teaching purposes. The profession of Histotechnology is dynamic—constantly developing new technologies and methodologies.

Job Outlook

The demand for certified Histotechnologists (HTLs) continues to increase. Currently, about ten percent of all positions are unfilled, with the highest needs in small hospitals (under 300 beds) in the southern regions of the country. The number of job openings is expected to grow faster than average for all laboratory science occupations through 2014.

[Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, July 2005.]

Many employers provide incentives to qualified personnel by offering sign-on bonuses, relocation assistance, increases in per diem salary, educational assistance plans, and more.

Susan J. Clark, BS, HTL (ASCP), QIHC (ASCP), MLT Histotechnologist since 1986 Barry Alum, May 2007

For me the field of Histotechnology isn’t just a career, it is a passion. Knowing that what I do on a daily basis can provide the information needed to make an accurate diagnosis for a patient, gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. On another level, the artistic aspects of this career motivate me. A whole new world appears when you look into the microscope!

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