What does a Histotechnologist do?

Preparing for a Histotechnology Career in the US

A Histotechnologist is a professional who is qualified through academic and applied science education and training to provide service, research, and management in histotechnology and areas related to anatomic pathology. Histotechnologists are integral to the success of the anatomic pathology department by performing routine and complex procedures to preserve and process tissue specimens. Specific tissue structures are visualized by utilizing specialized stains and are examined by a pathologist to diagnose diseases and disorders.

Histotechnologists also perform specialized techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, electron microscopy and may also be responsible for tissue and autopsy dissection. Additional responsibilities include validating staining results and procedures to ensure accuracy and quality, troubleshooting instrument malfunctions, developing, evaluating and implementing new protocols, procedures and technology. Histotechnologists possess the knowledge and skills to work independently, direct and supervise laboratory operations and participate in the education of others.

Histotechnologists possess strong communication skills, work well under pressure, and have high quality standards set for themselves. They also have a deep commitment to their profession and enjoy a challenge and responsibility. A career as a histotechnologist will offer endless opportunities in a field where technology and methodology are constantly evolving.

For more information on Histotechnology as a career, please visit the National Society for Histotechnology and the American Society for Clinical professionals.