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Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians
District Of Columbia

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

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Currently Employed: 980

Projected Annual Job Openings: 30

Typical Hourly Wage: $26.55 - $37.76

Typical Annual Salary: $55,200 - $78,600

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Cut sections of body tissues for microscopic examination using microtomes.
  • Stain tissue specimens with dyes or other chemicals to make cell details visible under microscopes.
  • Mount tissue specimens on glass slides.
  • 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.
  • Perform procedures associated with histochemistry to prepare specimens for immunofluorescence or microscopy.
  • Operate computerized laboratory equipment to dehydrate, decalcify, or microincinerate tissue samples.
  • Maintain laboratory equipment such as microscopes, mass spectrometers, microtomes, immunostainers, tissue processors, embedding centers, and water baths.
  • Supervise histology laboratory activities.

tools & technology

  • Drying cabinets or ovens
  • Histological knives or knife holders or blades
  • Laboratory staining dishes or jars
  • Microtomes
  • Tissue processors

  • Label making software
  • Medical software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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