By Brett Deng

What A Pathologist Does

A pathologist is a a special kind of physician that examines tissues and body fluids to assist the main doctor in making a diagnosis about your health and any medical problems the patient has.

Education and Salary

In order to become a pathologist, one must first become a M.D. The education required to be a M.D. includes 4 years of undergrad and 4 years of medical school. Then, to be a pathologist, you need to then take a residency program for pathologists for 3-5 years and a fellowship to 1-3 years. After you have completed the requisites to become a pathologist, you need to take a written exam to check your qualification. Once you become a pathologist, you can earn a salary from 221k to 251k annually. This is a high income for pathologists because not that many people decide to become a pathologist.

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A Typical Day for a Pathologist

The day starts of with hospital rounds in which they visit and treat patients they have hospitalized. Then they return to their office to examin tissues and the organs of their patients they hospitalize and diagonose them. They have office hours from 6-10 hours. Once their office hours are over, they go back to their assigned patients and converse with them about their condition and how their future is going to look. After that, the pathologist is done with work unless they have to work extra hours due to an emergency.

Skills and Personality of a Pathologist

In order to become a successful pathologist, one needs to be confident and detailed in their work because in order to look through a tissue or organ for a disease or tumor, you need to be extremely attentive. Also, you need to be empathetic because when you are telling your patients their condition, you need to be caring when you are telling them if their condition is getting worse or if they are going to die.

Job Prospects and Outlook

In 2020, it is expected that there will be a shortage of pathologists so the demand for them will them increase in all areas of the USA. This makes the occupation of being a pathologist is looking hot in the future. In Texas, jobs for pathologist will be vacant in rural areas due to the low amount of pathologists who are willing to move to rural areas. Suburbs will have a lower job vacancy and the urban areas will have the lowest job vacancy.

Certifications and Degrees Needed

You need a bachelor, master, or doctor's degree in pathology and you need to get a Ph.D or a M.D. After that, you need to go get a certificate in clinical pathology.