Pathologist (MD)

Occupation Information table
Overview: Pathologists study the cause and development of human diseases and the impact on the patient. They make diagnoses fom samples of body tissues, blood, and secretions. They act as consultants to physicians and perform autopsies on dead persons to determine the immediate cause of death.
Duties: They conduct laboratory tests on tissues and fluids from diseased patients to determine the causes of death and the time and paths taken by diseases, infection, etc.

They trace the progress of a disease in order to determine how a disease can be combatted by physicians in its earliest stages. They recommend diagnostic methods for early disease protection.

They assess and compare the therapeutic value of different medical treatments used to remedy, arrest or cure a disease. They recommend how these treatments are best used.

Perform monitoring studies of patients recovering from diseases to detect symptoms suggesting re-occurrence and they advise what treatments to administer based on samples of tissues and fluids.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $115,000 to $130,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
Additional Training/Education: All states require pathologists to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination and up to 7 years of a "residency" graduate medical training in pathology. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is three years of college study.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.