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Assistant, Pathologists'
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ActivitiesAccording to the American Medical Association's Health Care Career Directory, Pathologists' Assistants, are physicians who examine tissue specimens from patients and perform autopsies to diagnose the disease processes involved. Pathologists’ assistants participate in autopsies and in the examination, dissection, and processing of tissue specimens. They function as physician extenders.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$85,000 per year in 2007 (AMA Health Care Careers Directory, 2009-2010)

Work Context & ConditionsPathologists’ assistants work in the anatomic pathology section of a medical laboratory. Almost all laboratories are accredited by national organizations and work is conducted in well lit, well organized, and well ventilated areas. The workday is spent between the laboratory and an office.

Minimum Education RequirementsMaster's Degree

SkillsCritical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Time Management, Equipment Maintenance, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesVisual Color Discrimination, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension