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Also called: Anatomic Pathologist, Attending Pathologist, Pathologist, Pathology Laboratory Director

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, or Navy.

What they do:
Diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.
On the job, you would:
  • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.
  • Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology.
  • Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions.


  • medicine and dentistry
Math and Science
  • biology
  • chemistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
  • management


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it


  • listen and understand what people say
  • communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • notice when problems happen
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps


People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Integrity
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • CPSI CPSI System
  • MEDITECH Anatomical Pathology
Accounting software
  • Cerner Millennium ProFit
  • Healthvision MediAR
Information retrieval or search software
  • Digital image databases


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
post-doctoral training or
doctoral degree
usually needed

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