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Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians - 29-2011.03

O*NET-SOC Description

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

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Charge Histotechnologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Manager
  • Histologic Technician
  • Histology Specialist
  • Histology Technician
  • Histology Technologist
  • Histotechnologist
  • Histotechnologist Supervisor
  • Pathology Supervisor

SOC Occupation Groups

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  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination, using microtomes.
  • Embed tissue specimens into paraffin wax blocks or infiltrate tissue specimens with wax.
  • Examine slides under microscopes to ensure tissue preparation meets laboratory requirements.
  • Freeze tissue specimens.
  • Identify tissue structures or cell components to be used in the diagnosis, prevention, or treatment of diseases.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment, such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
  • Perform electron microscopy or mass spectrometry to analyze specimens.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
  • Prepare or use prepared tissue specimens for teaching, research or diagnostic purposes.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
  • Supervise histology laboratory activities.
  • Teach students or other staff.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze laboratory findings.
  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Maintain medical laboratory equipment.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples.
  • Prepare biological specimens for laboratory analysis.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel.
  • Train medical providers.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Histopathology Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Histotechnologist