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.

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

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