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Histologic Technician

122 Associates's Degrees Annually
14 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#119 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Histologic Technician Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many histologic technician graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 122
Basic Certificate 88
Undergraduate Certificate 28
Bachelor’s Degree 14

What Histologic Technician Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to histologic technician were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Histologic Technician Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in histologic technician should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills for Histologic Technician Majors

When studying histologic technician, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Abilities for Histologic Technician Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a histologic technician student include the following:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

What Can You Do With a Histologic Technician Major?

People with a histologic technician degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.0% NA

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Histologic Technician?

122 Associate's Degrees Annually
82% Percent Women
43% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 82% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of histologic technician majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 6
Black or African American 21
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 64
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Histologic Technician. About 0.8% of those with this major are international students.

Some careers associated with histologic technician require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for histologic technician careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 4.2%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 0.4%
Some College Courses 0.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 30.4%
Bachelor’s Degree 45.1%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 10.3%
Master’s Degree 6.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.3%

Online Histologic Technician Programs

In 2018-2019, 20 schools offered a histologic technician program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 5 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 18 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 5 2
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to histologic technician.

Major Number of Grads
Phlebotomy Technician/Phlebotomist 8,031
Laboratory Technician 4,117
Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology 3,100
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,055
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 785
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 370
Hematology Technology/Technician 278
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 262
Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist 109
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 64
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 56
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 33

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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