Pathologist Uses Microscope

Pathologists are physicians who analyze tissue specimens to identify abnormalities and diagnose diseases. Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease and there are many specialties that an aspiring pathologist can choose from, such as forensic pathology. Pathologists have minimal patient contact, and instead, they work with other physicians.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Forensic Pathologists
Duties Analyze blood, urine, bone marrow, stools, tissues, and tumors from patients; perform autopsies; diagnose diseases
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
Experience Residency
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Chief of Pathology
  • Pathologist
  • Pathologist Assistant