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The Education & Certification You Need to Become a Histotechnologist

What is a histotechnologist? Read on to find out and learn what careers are like and how to get started.

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The Basics

  • What you’ll do: Also known as histologic technologists or tissue technologists, you’ll prepare slices of body tissue for examination by pathologists. As a histotechnologist, you’ll be performing complex procedures for processing body tissue and make judgments concerning the quality of results.
  • Where you’ll work: Most histotechnologists work in hospitals or clinical pathology labs, but you might also work in research laboratories, doctors’ offices, for a pharmaceutical company or for a government agency.
  • Degree you’ll need: Bachelor’s degree
  • Median annual salary: $54,180

Education and Training

In addition to histology and histochemistry, you’ll learn processing techniques, preparation of specimens and microscopy.

Courses in histotechnology generally include the following:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Licensing and Certification

In order to become a histotechnologist, you’ll need to have a bachelor’s degree and certification from a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA) accredited program.

Regulations vary from state to state, but certification is highly recommended because many employers require it. The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) offers national certification and testing, which earns histotechnologists the title Certified Histotechnologist (CHTL).

Salaries by State

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorized histotechnologists under clinical laboratory technicians and technologists. Take a look at median annual wages for your state:

Clinical Laboratory Technologists and Technicians

National data

Median Salary: $54,180

Bottom 10%: $31,450

Top 10%: $83,700

Projected job growth: 7.3%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alabama $43,920 $25,600 $70,020
Alaska $63,670 $34,250 $111,530
Arizona $46,240 $29,190 $80,400
Arkansas $43,020 $26,640 $68,780
California $63,120 $36,050 $104,210
Colorado $57,570 $34,790 $86,830
Connecticut $70,140 $40,350 $99,190
Delaware $60,320 $33,130 $80,450
District of Columbia $63,340 $43,820 $97,690
Florida $53,030 $28,500 $79,920
Georgia $48,760 $28,920 $77,040
Hawaii $60,050 $40,570 $85,710
Idaho $42,980 $28,400 $79,280
Illinois $51,790 $28,980 $80,460
Indiana $46,610 $28,740 $72,860
Iowa $48,600 $31,260 $70,400
Kansas $47,570 $28,630 $76,470
Kentucky $54,820 $33,620 $78,540
Louisiana $49,290 $27,400 $76,570
Maine $56,400 $34,630 $78,160
Maryland $55,140 $33,910 $85,200
Massachusetts $56,220 $35,000 $93,540
Michigan $53,130 $29,630 $78,620
Minnesota $56,080 $39,050 $81,240
Mississippi $43,110 $26,600 $71,050
Missouri $46,900 $28,470 $77,110
Montana $57,650 $29,240 $83,600
Nebraska $53,540 $32,570 $78,860
Nevada $61,430 $34,860 $92,900
New Hampshire $66,590 $37,370 $86,440
New Jersey $64,930 $40,170 $90,040
New Mexico $47,980 $30,780 $76,800
New York $69,380 $38,720 $100,810
North Carolina $50,730 $33,170 $76,720
North Dakota $51,160 $33,220 $76,360
Ohio $53,960 $30,970 $78,380
Oklahoma $46,410 $28,590 $73,610
Oregon $67,840 $40,340 $98,860
Pennsylvania $53,980 $33,920 $77,920
Rhode Island $66,910 $44,940 $98,090
South Carolina $48,720 $28,960 $76,830
South Dakota $48,090 $28,570 $73,440
Tennessee $54,270 $30,160 $80,990
Texas $51,630 $29,650 $78,660
Utah $44,030 $28,150 $78,590
Vermont $57,390 $34,230 $82,970
Virginia $54,230 $32,540 $80,840
Washington $61,310 $36,970 $94,470
West Virginia $49,260 $28,810 $75,350
Wisconsin $55,770 $35,250 $78,560
Wyoming $55,140 $27,900 $83,630

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2020 median salary; projected job growth through 2029. Actual salaries vary depending on location, level of education, years of experience, work environment, and other factors. Salaries may differ even more for those who are self-employed or work part time.