ERIC Number: EJ718667
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Hidden Profession of Histotechnology
Gibbs, Hope J.
Techniques: Connecting Education and Careers, v79 n7 p26-32 Oct 2004
Today there are more job openings in the field of histotechnology than there are educated people to fill them, and the U.S. Department of Labor expects employment opportunities for histotechnicians and histotechnologists to grow by 10 to 20 percent over the next eight years. According to the Wage and Vacancy Survey published by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in September 2003, 9.1 percent of U.S. hospitals were reporting shortages of histotechnicians, and 10.9 percent were reporting shortages of histotechnologists. So, what are career tech schools across the nation doing to help fill this growing demand? Histotechnicians and histotechnologists (HT/HTLs) prepare human or animal tissue samples for microscopic examination. Working in laboratories, the majority being pathology labs, HT/HTLs prepare samples to be used for diagnosing diseases, medical research and even training medical personnel. Sometimes, their work is done while a surgical team stands by awaiting the pathologist's findings, and, with critical minutes ticking by, these highly trained technicians must rely on the care and precision acquired in their training to deliver accurate test results. This article describes the histotechnician programs at Pima Community College (Arizona), Mt. San Antonio College (California), and Harford Community College (Maryland).
Descriptors: Career Choice, Job Training, Pathology, Medical Research, Postsecondary Education, Psychophysiology, Community Colleges, Laboratories, Postsecondary Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
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