I think you have a valid point with the cost of 2-4 years worth of
schooling. It is very expensive. But we're not the only ones faced
with the problem of low pay out of college and student loans. Teachers
get paid far less than what they deserve and they still do it and there
is a huge shortage of teachers, just like techs. This is where we are
at in the profession and it's not going to change, this is the answer
that the powers that be have come up with.
I think it's important for a tech to have a strong background in
science. This will certainly help them to be able to troubleshoot
problems in the lab. The histology world is getting much more complex
with the use of IHC, ISH, FISH, image analysis and whatever else is on
the horizon. I'm not saying that a tech that doesn't have formal
training can't learn these things on the job, I've taught a few techs
these areas that didn't know squat about science before coming into the
lab and they've done great. But to improve our pay over the next couple
of decades, I think ASCP is right on with the requirements.
Unfortunately that means a shortage of techs and it'll probably be that
way for the next several years. Our answer to ASCP's requirements is
getting the word out to anyone that will listen about histology as a
career, especially young people.
I graduated almost 9 years ago and am still paying on my student loans,
I have a ways to go. The good news is the lenders give you plenty of
time to do it and you can get on a payment program where the payments
start low and increase over time. This allows you to make a living
right out of school and then pay more when you should be making more, a
few years after graduation.
Just my two cents...I think a college degree is well worth the price of
admission. The experience along with the long-term earning potential
makes it a good investment.
Cory Collins, HT (ASCP) QIHC
Histology Lab Supervisor
Digestive Health Associates of Texas
7920 Elmbrook Dr, Suite 104
Dallas, TX 75247
P: (214)689-5960 x 311
Date: Thu, 10 Apr 2008 10:12:54 -0700
From: "Cindy DuBois"
Subject: [Histonet] Salary / Temp positions
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If we think about the cost of 2-4 years of college to obtain a degree in
order to qualify for the Histology test, most of us would be in debt
finished. Then look at our salary and you can see how the requirements
aren't supported by the salary. Most of the students will come out of
college owing on student loans. The salaries they would receive as new
histotech would allow them to pay off their student loanswhile
decent living (at least here in CA).
With both my sons in college (using student loans) we had to take a
look at the final amount they will owe when the graduate and compare it
what they would be earning.
I am not sure what the solution is. Any ideas?
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