Career outlook for pathologist
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would diagnose, prevent, treat and study illness by looking at cells and tissue samples from patients and dead bodies.
There are five main areas you could work in:
- Chemical pathology/clinical biochemistry - study of chemicals in the blood
- Haematology - study of disorders of the blood
- Histopathology - study of disease in human tissue
- Medical microbiology and virology - study of infection
- Immunology - study of the immune system
You would work with doctors, nurses and other medical staff.
Your work would play an important part in the diagnosis of disease. It would be your responsibility to make sure that patients get the right treatment as early as possible.
Your daily tasks would depend on your specialism, but in general you would:
- Look at blood and tissue samples to see if disease is present
- Explain test results to other staff and give advice on the next steps
- Treat diseases and make sure blood transfusions are safe
- Develop vaccines against infectious diseases and inherited conditions
- Research and develop new tests and treatments
- Manage laboratory staff
- Go to meetings to discuss the treatment of patients
You could become a forensic pathologist, specialising in performing autopsies on dead bodies to discover the cause of death. You would try to find out whether people died accidentally or by suicide or murder. You may sometimes have to go to court to give evidence in criminal cases.
You could also work as a veterinary pathologist and study animal disease. In this case you would have to train as a vet before specialising in pathology.
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