Histotechnicians are specialists who work with health professionals to establish and confirm a patient's diagnosis and/or prepare samples for research in areas such as agriculture and cancer. Histotechnicians prepare very thin slices of tissue (human, animal or plant) for microscopic examination and use cutting and staining techniques to improve visualization. Careers can be found in:
- Dermapathology Labs
- Public Health Facilities
- Veterinary Pathology Labs
- Marine Biology Labs
- Forensic Pathology Labs
- Genomics Diagnostic Labs, and others.
Course work generally includes classes in: Biology, Microscopy, Cytology, Immunohistochemistry (tissue staining using techniques based on immunological properties), Histotechniques (tissue staining techniques using chemical properties), and Lab practices.