A Career as a Histologic Technologist

As a specialty in the field of medical laboratory sciences, histotechnology involves the application of theoretical knowledge and practical techniques to the preparation of tissue samples for microscopic examination by pathologists.

Professional Workplace and Objectives

This rapidly growing specialty offers a variety of opportunities including advanced training and application in electron microscopy, histochemistry and flow cytometry. While most histologic technologists work in hospital or private histotechnology laboratories, some opt to join:

  • Research laboratories
  • Veterinary medicine laboratories
  • Medical schools
  • Industry
  • Government agencies

Histologic technologists with administrative and teaching skills serve in management, supervision and education. Those interested in computer technology can apply their laboratory knowledge in the development and management of laboratory information systems.

Please see the School of Health Professions Student Catalog for a review of the objectives of the MD Anderson Baccalaureate Program in Histotechnology. The review includes with a description of the professional workplace.


According to the salary survey conducted by the Department of Academic Affairs at MD Anderson Cancer Center, the salary range for a clinical histologic technologist is $43,000 to $62,000.