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Basic information

  • Pathologists study the nature, causes, and development of infectious diseases.
  • They analyze infected human tissues and fluids.
  • They help diagnose patient's conditions, and their decisions influence the patient's treatment program.
  • There are two types-clinical pathologists and surgical pathologists.
  • Clinical pathologists work in hospital labs to examine samples and data.
  • Surgical pathologists work in the surgery area to analyze actual human tissues removed during surgery.
  • Pathologists make a large salary of over$200,000 per year.
  • Pathology jobs will be in high demand in the next few years. Job opportunities are expected to rise 11 percent in the next 10 years.
  • A medical license is required to practice pathology.
  • Pathology doesn't just require medical knowledge-extensive mathematical knowledge is required too.

Pros and cons of this career

  1. You get to help people recover from disease.
  2. The job is in high demand.
  3. Pathologists make an excellent salary.
  4. There are no large physical demands for this job.
  5. It is a very fun and interesting job for those interested in medicine and microbiology.
  1. Pathologists are exposed to some very sick people, and there is a risk of contracting their illnesses.
  2. They are exposed to some rather disgusting infected tissues-the job is not for the weak of stomach.
  3. Pathologists must pass stringent exams in order to practice their trade.
  4. Some pathologists have very long hours and may have to work during the night.
  5. Only the very best pathologists are accepted at hospitals, and it may be hard to get a job unless you are exceptionally talented.

What do you need to do to succeed in this career?

Pathologists must go through a lot of advanced education to be able to practice their career. Helpful classes for aspiring pathologists in high school are as follows, but not limited to:

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Foreign Language
  • AP Chemistry
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Physiology
  • AP English
After high school, an aspiring pathologist must complete at least a bachelor's degree in pathology. Other required degrees are in Pre-Med, Medicine, Experimental Pathology, and Cancer and Oncology. They must also complete residency and internship programs, and receive board certification. Some colleges that offer these programs are the University of North Carolina, the University of Southern California, and Johns Hopkins University. These colleges offer very good campuses and medical programs, but they have very high tuitions and accept only the best students.

Associations/Professional organization for this career

American Society of Clinical Pathology

Address: Suite 1600, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, IL

Number: (312)541-4472


Intersociety Council for Pathology Information

Address: Rm. E123, 4650 Rockville Pike, Bethseda, MD

Number: (301)634-7990


Job Advertisement

Wanted-Experienced Pathologists

Are you interested in helping prevent illness? Does the study of infectious diseases fascinate you? Well then a career in pathology may be for you. You would be working in a hospital, analyzing samples to diagnose and discover cures for infectious diseases. The demand for the job is high at the moment, so it is the best time to apply. With experienced pathologists making over 80 dollars an hour, the salary should be more than adequate. For more info, contact the American Society of Clinical Pathology. Please note: this opportunity is not available to everyone. Pathologists must have a medical license, board certification, and degrees in Pre-Med, Medicine, Pathology, and Oncology in order to apply.

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