Also known as Anatomic Pathologist, Cytopathologist, Dermatopathologist, Forensic Pathologist, Hematopathologist, Neuropathologist, Oral Pathologist, Pathologist, Surgical Pathologist
Also known as Anatomic Pathologist, Cytopathologist, Dermatopathologist
Pathologists diagnose diseases and conduct lab tests using organs, body tissues, and fluids.
In addition, Pathologists includes medical examiners.
Pathologists are often responsible for overseeing or executing some or all of the following tasks:
The above responsibilities are specific to Pathologists. More generally, Pathologists are involved in several broader types of activities:
The median salary for a Pathologist is over $208,000, and the average salary is $218,850. Both the median and average roughly describe the middle of the Pathologist salary range, but the average is more easily affected by extremely high or low salaries.
Many Pathologists earn significantly more or less than the average, due to several factors. About 10% of Pathologists earn less than $61,380 per year, 25% earn less than $126,470, 75% earn more than $208,000, and 90% earn more than $208,000.
Between the years of 2020 and 2030, the number of Pathologists is expected to change by 4.5%, and there should be roughly 13,400 open positions for Pathologists every year.
Career interests describe a person's preferences for different types of working environments and activities. When a person's interest match the demands of an occupation, people are usually more engaged and satisfied in that role.
Compared to most occupations, those who work as a Pathologist are usually higher in their Investigative and Realistic interests.
Pathologists typically have very strong Investigative interests. Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
Also, Pathologists typically have moderate Realistic interests. Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
People differ in their values, or what is most important to them for building job satisfaction and fulfillment.
Compared to most people, those working as a Pathologist tend to value Achievement, Independence, and Recognition.
Most importantly, Pathologists strongly value Achievement. Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Second, Pathologists strongly value Independence. Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions.
Lastly, Pathologists strongly value Recognition. Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious.
Each occupation brings its own set of psychological demands, which describe the characteristics necessary to perform the job well.
In order to perform their job successfully, people who work as Pathologists must consistently demonstrate qualities such as attention to detail, dependability, and integrity.
Below, you'll find a list of qualities typically required of Pathologists, ranked by importance:
Many Pathologists have earned a graduate degree. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a doctoral degree, such as a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D..
Pathologists may need some on-the-job training, but most candidates will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Pathologists may benefit from understanding of specialized subject areas, such as medicine and dentistry, biology, or customer and personal service knowledge.
The list below shows several areas in which most Pathologists might want to build proficiency, ranked by importance.
Pathologists must develop a particular set of abilities to perform their job well. Abilities are individual capacities that influence a person's information processing, sensory perception, motor coordination, and physical strength or endurance. Individuals may naturally have certain abilities without explicit training, but most abilities can be sharpened somewhat through practice.
For example, Pathologists need abilities such as inductive reasoning, problem sensitivity, and oral comprehension in order to perform their job at a high level. The list below shows several important abilities for Pathologists, ranked by their relative importance.
Skills are developed capacities that enable people to function effectively in real-world settings. Unlike abilities, skills are typically easier to build through practice and experience. Skills influence effectiveness in areas such as learning, working with others, design, troubleshooting, and more.
Pathologists frequently use skills like reading comprehension, writing, and critical thinking to perform their job effectively. The list below shows several critical skills for Pathologists, ranked by their relative importance.
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