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How to Become a Histotechnologist

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Histotechnologist: Fast Facts

  • 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: $57,800

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).

Median Annual Salary

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics categorized histotechnologists under clinical laboratory technicians and technologists, and reports they earn a median annual wage of $57,800.

Take a look at median annual salaries for your state.

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National data

Median Salary: $57,800

Projected job growth: 6.6%

10th Percentile: $30,280

25th Percentile: $37,990

75th Percentile: $74,530

90th Percentile: $79,340

Projected job growth: 6.6%

State data

State Median Salary Bottom 10% Top 10%
Alaska $60,770 $36,650 $98,490
Alabama $46,880 $28,700 $64,920
Arkansas $46,420 $29,010 $68,430
Arizona $47,020 $29,470 $78,040
California $61,650 $37,740 $101,220
Colorado $60,670 $37,150 $79,870
Connecticut $74,980 $37,320 $98,990
District of Columbia $61,650 $47,130 $98,490
Delaware $61,960 $37,150 $77,460
Florida $48,450 $29,120 $77,110
Georgia $47,820 $29,480 $77,350
Hawaii $60,850 $37,990 $79,340
Iowa $48,450 $35,670 $75,000
Idaho $44,390 $23,330 $76,810
Illinois $57,280 $33,140 $78,340
Indiana $47,300 $29,460 $74,660
Kansas $48,000 $29,500 $76,600
Kentucky $59,110 $29,760 $78,460
Louisiana $49,470 $29,180 $76,620
Massachusetts $59,640 $37,210 $96,890
Maryland $59,500 $31,990 $80,020
Maine $59,540 $37,620 $75,840
Michigan $50,190 $29,670 $77,600
Minnesota $59,320 $37,290 $78,640
Missouri $47,040 $29,120 $75,000
Mississippi $45,790 $28,810 $73,580
Montana $60,050 $29,860 $78,940
North Carolina $48,000 $35,030 $76,920
North Dakota $58,860 $37,130 $77,520
Nebraska $48,450 $29,870 $76,290
New Hampshire $74,640 $38,810 $94,420
New Jersey $61,830 $37,640 $94,880
New Mexico $46,980 $29,210 $75,410
Nevada $59,380 $29,700 $94,410
New York $76,190 $45,000 $100,270
Ohio $53,870 $36,580 $78,430
Oklahoma $46,980 $29,360 $76,010
Oregon $74,510 $42,310 $99,770
Pennsylvania $58,550 $35,260 $77,320
Rhode Island $75,000 $47,210 $94,870
South Carolina $47,860 $29,570 $74,780
South Dakota $47,380 $29,470 $76,480
Tennessee $49,520 $29,860 $78,940
Texas $48,450 $29,790 $77,210
Utah $47,020 $29,820 $78,940
Virginia $50,280 $30,970 $78,940
Vermont $59,500 $37,150 $79,340
Washington $61,000 $37,200 $98,210
Wisconsin $59,110 $36,170 $76,600
West Virginia $48,700 $29,470 $76,220
Wyoming $48,660 $29,480 $78,320

Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2021 median salary; projected job growth through 2031. 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.