Pathologists

Industry Areas

  • Employment Services
  • Psychiatric and Substance Abuse Hospitals
  • Home Health Care Services

Day-to-Day Tasks

  • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities.
  • Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology.
  • Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions.

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Overall Kind of Work

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They...

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Work Environment

Military

Physicians and surgeons work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.

Status

What is the difference between enlisted and officer?

Enlisted:
Enlisted members enter the Military with a high school diploma (in some cases a GED), at a minimum. They are employed in almost every type of military career, often in hands-on roles.

Officers: Officers either enter the Military with a four-year college degree or greater or served previously as enlisted members, and are generally employed in management roles or highly specialized fields that require intensive training.
  • yes Officer
  • no Enlisted

Military Breakdown

The number of people who currently hold this career in the Military.

140 Pathologists in the Military

Service Branches

Physicians and Surgeons work in the following services:

Army Navy Air Force

Data is supplied by a third-party vendor and updated periodically. Jobs in this career field may be available in other service branches. Call or email a particular branch for more info.

Type of Work

The level of day-to-day involvement with data, people or things.

Data: High
People: High
Things: Medium

Skills at a Glance

The levels of different skills helpful in this career.

Verbal skills: High
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving: High
Equipment Operation & Maintenance: Medium
Math & Science Skills: High
Technology Design & Control: Medium
Leadership: Medium

Workplace at a Glance

The level of different environmental factors you would experience on the job.

Responsibility: Medium
Exposure to Job Hazards: Low
Physical Activity: Low
Decision Making: High
Repetitiveness: Low
Level of Competition: Medium
Time Pressure: High

Data supplied by Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Center of Education Statistics, Defense Manpower Data Center. (View our update schedule). Contact any business, college or military service branch to answer additional questions.

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