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55 Associates's Degrees Annually
20 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#160 in Popularity (Associate's)

Types of Degrees Histotechnologist Majors Are Getting

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

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 55
Basic Certificate 22
Bachelor’s Degree 20
Undergraduate Certificate 12

What Histotechnologist Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, histologic technology/histotechnologist majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in histologic technology/histotechnologist 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

Skills for Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist Majors

A major in histologic technology/histotechnologist prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist Majors

A major in histologic technology/histotechnologist will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • 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.
  • 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).

What Can You Do With a Histotechnologist Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with histologic technology/histotechnologist:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 11.6% NA
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.6% NA

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Histotechnologist?

55 Associate's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
51% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 78% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 8
Hispanic or Latino 10
White 24
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 5

Some careers associated with histologic technology/histotechnologist 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.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to histologic technology/histotechnologist have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.7%
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) 4.7%
Some College Courses 1.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 38.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 44.4%
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. 3.1%
Master’s Degree 3.0%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.2%
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. 1.2%

Online Histotechnologist Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 18 schools offered some type of histologic technology/histotechnologist program. 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) 3 1
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 8 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 3 1
Master’s Degree 2 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 technology/histotechnologist.

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 Technician 252
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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