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Physician, Clinical Pathologist
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ActivitiesAccording to the American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) "The pathologist functions in three broad areas, as an investigator, as a teacher, and as a diagnostician. Fundamental to the discipline of pathology is the need to integrate clinical information with physiological, biochemical and molecular laboratory studies, together with observations of tissue alterations."

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median IncomeAccording to the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2006 Resident Council Fellowship Job Market Survey, of the 278 respondents offered at least one job, 44% were offered a starting salary from $150,000-$250,000.

Work Context & ConditionsPathologists in hospital and clinical laboratories practice as consultant physicians. As teachers, they impart this knowledge of disease to their medical colleagues, medical students, and trainees at all levels. As scientists, they use the tools of laboratory science in clinical studies, disease models, and other experimental systems to advance the understanding and treatment of disease.

Minimum Education RequirementsM.D.

SkillsLearning Strategies, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Active Listening, Writing, Time Management, Active Learning, Complex Problem Solving, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension