Careers in the Licensed Professions

Certified Histological Technician

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Histology is the microscopic examination of cell and tissue anatomy in humans, animals and plants.

Certified histological technicians prepare very thin slices of human tissue and analyze those samples through a microscope. Their findings help medical professionals to diagnose illness and disease. These professionals also maintain laboratory equipment, records, and quality assurance systems.



Associate’s or higher degree in a Department-registered certified histological technician licensure program, or the equivalent.


The ASCP Board of Certification examination for histotechnician (HT) or histotechnologist (HTL).

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Created by the National Society of Histotechnology

Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $58,670
  • Salary range: $51,920-$64,610
  • Projected growth: faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Hospitals and clinics
  • Private Industry
  • Research
  • Education/training

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Biology, immunology, anatomy, chemistry
  • Scientific analysis
  • Understanding of lab procedures

Professional Skills

  • Knowledge of laws governing clinical laboratories
  • Stress management
  • Precision and organization
  • Ability to handle human tissues

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a certfified histological technician about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: November 17, 2020