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Pathologists

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

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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.

Knowledge

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

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • 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
Memory
  • remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps

Personality

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

Technology

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

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

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$187,200+
per year, on average
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