Career Awareness


Pathologists' Assistant

 Daily Tasks
Assists pathologists in the examination and dissection of human specimens and autopsies. Specific duties include but are not limited to: description and examination of body parts removed during surgery; submission of tissue samples for other testing; summarization of patient's medical records; X-ray deceased patients, organs, and surgical specimens; preserve and process specimens and assist with training of medical school students, pathology residents, fellows and assistants.
High degree of professionalism, attention to details, demonstrated ability to teach, ability to work within a team atmosphere as well as independently, strong communication with physicians/pathologists and interpersonal skills.
 Work Setting
Academic centers, such as teaching medical centers, medical schools or university hospitals, reference laboratories, and the medical examiner's/corner's office.
 Work Hours
Typically 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday-Friday with some weekend hours possible.
Graduate of a master's level pathologist's assistant training program accredited by NAACLS.
Experience as a laboratory technician with surgical pathology and autopsy examinations, as well as knowledge of medical terminology, medical practices and human anatomy is required.
 Recommended High School Classes
College prep, computer applications, health sciences, advanced biology, advanced chemistry, and advanced math