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Histotechnologist

20 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
3 Master's Degrees Annually
#101 in Popularity

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
Master’s Degree 3

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

Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

When studying histologic technology/histotechnologist, 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.
  • 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 a Bachelor’s Degree in Histotechnologist?

20 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
55% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 85% 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 Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 8
White 7
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 1

Geographic Diversity

Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist appeals to people across the globe. About 10.0% of those with this major are international students.

Some degrees associated with histologic technology/histotechnologist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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 technology/histotechnologist careers below.

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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 4,137
Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology 3,680
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,055
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 920
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 370
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 305
Hematology Technology/Technician 285
Histologic Technician 252
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 86
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 64
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 57

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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