A branch of medical science, pathology is primarily concerned with the causes, origin and nature of diseases.

Nature of the job

This line of job revolves extensively around the examination of tissues, organs, bodily fluids and autopsies in order to study and diagnose disease. It can be extremely interesting and rewarding (with new discovery or breakthrough!) and it is especially suited for the inquisitive minds.

Amongst the attributes desired of a pathologist is sharp observation. Look at the little things and know what they mean. The little things can make a huge difference. You need to have an open mind, and you have to be good at pattern recognition. And don’t be afraid to question. You have to be able to put the pieces together, no matter how scattered they may be, together with your scientific knowledge, to form a whole picture of what’s really going on. You need to able to communicate your findings well in written form. Due to the nature of the work, you may be required to spend long hours in the laboratory, with some on call commitment if there are any urgent cases to tend to. Your work setting can take place in hospitals, or you can take up research and teaching positions in medical schools and government agencies, or both!

Job Description
  • Conduct test and examine body fluids, including blood, urine and bone marrow
  • May conduct toxicology tests to seek the presence of illegal drugs in the body
  • Analyze samples of tissues and cells to help diagnosing the cause of diseases

Career Progress: GP> Pathologist/ Researcher > Consultant/ Lecturer

Related Majors Medicine