Today, there are more jobs for histotechnologists and histotechnicians
than educated people to fill those jobs. The future long-term employment looks bright.
The need is great everywhere throughout the country. Hospitals, for-profit laboratories, clinics, public health facilities, and industry currently have positions open for qualified histotechnologists and histotechnicians. Additional opportunities are available in industrial research, veterinary pathology, marine biology and forensic pathology.
Individuals usually work a 40-hour week and may be required to work nights or weekends depending on place of employment. A histotechnician who earns a baccalaureate degree and either has one year of experience or attends a NAACLS-accredited histotechnology program can become a histotechnologist. The histotechnologist performs more complex techniques such as enzyme histochemistry, immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. A histotechnologist can also teach, be a supervisor in a laboratory or be the director of a school for histologic technology.