RE: [Histonet] Histotechs: how many are we nationwide?

From:Rene J Buesa

No, certification is not the issue, just how many HTs there are, how many of us share this art of histology?
  René J. 

"LaDonna G. Elpers"  wrote:
  Our facility has 6 Histology Technicians, my guess would be that there are probably another 15 in our town. The question would be if we talking about those certified only? We are currently half and half, 3 certified and 3 not. 

LaDonna G. Elpers, BA, HT(ASCP)
Manager, Histology
BASi (Bioanalytical Systems, Inc.)
10424 Middle Mount Vernon Rd - Mount Vernon, IN 47620
P 812.985.5900 ext 128
F 812.985.3403

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Jackie M O'Connor
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:46 PM
To: Zajic Kari
Subject: RE: [Histonet] Histotechs: how many are we nationwide?

What about those of us who are doing the work of four people? Does that 

"Zajic Kari" 
Sent by:
10/05/2006 01:28 PM

"Rene J Buesa" , 

RE: [Histonet] Histotechs: how many are we nationwide?

Hi Rene, I enjoyed your recent article in the new Advance, was very 
interesting! I am only one in my facility, a general hospital. If you are 
taking count!! :)

You have now inspired me to re-new my severly overdue membership with the 
Cheers from West Palm!
Kari :) 

Kari Marie Zajic HTL,MLT
Histology/Pathology Supervisor
Palms West Hospital
Pathology Department
13001 State Road Eighty
Loxahatchee, Florida 33470
phone: (561)798-6036
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-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Rene J
Sent: Thursday, October 05, 2006 1:32 PM
Subject: [Histonet] Histotechs: how many are we nationwide?

Dear Histonet subscriber:

The US Census does NOT recognize histotechs (HTs) as a category of 
professionals (the NSH is going to try to do something about that during 
2007) so we do not know how many we are. Some indirect calculations are 
needed to answer that question.
According to the US Census bureau:

1- there are 5,193 general and surgical hospitals and perhaps 95% of 
them have a histology laboratory = 5,000 labs
2- the average number of HTs per lab = 9 (range from 1 to 15 or more in 
So, in hospital settings there could be 5,000 x 9 = 45,000 HTs

3- There are 4,084 institutions of higher education and perhaps 50% have 
some sort of histology lab, veterinary, marine, research, botany, etc. = 
2,000 histology labs.
4- those experimental labs have an average of 2 HTs (between 1 and 5, 
sometimes up to 10)
So, in universities there could be 2,000 x 2 = 4,000 HTs

Adding both = 49,000 histotechs nationwide. 

If membership to the NSH in 2006 (4,400 members) is any indicator (and 
usually prestigious professional societies are able to have a membership 
of roughly 10% of the profession) it can be said that the 4,400 members in 
2006 = 9% of the proposed number.

What do you think? 
Are we more than 49,000; less? or is 49,000 HTs about right?
René J.

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