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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 58
Basic Certificate 44
Bachelor’s Degree 24
Master’s Degree 8
Undergraduate Certificate 7

What Histotechnologist Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to histologic technology/histotechnologist and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being 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

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to histologic technology/histotechnologist:

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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

As a histologic technology/histotechnologist major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

People with a histologic technology/histotechnologist degree often go into the following careers:

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?

24 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
79% Percent Women
58% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 79% 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:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 5
Black or African American 2
Hispanic or Latino 5
White 6
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 3

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Histologic Technology/Histotechnologist, too. About 12.5% of those with this major are international students.

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.

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 2019-2020 academic year, 21 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 11 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 3 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 6,713
Laboratory Technician 3,758
Laboratory Sciences & Medical Technology 3,695
Sterile Processing Technology/Technician 1,027
Other Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions 842
Renal/Dialysis Technologist/Technician 268
Blood Bank Technology Specialist 224
Histologic Technician 203
Cytotechnology/Cytotechnologist 84
Cytogenetics/Genetics/Clinical Genetics Technology/Technologist 64
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician 63
Hematology Technology 47

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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