People who want to have one of the many pathologist assistant jobs in the country must undertake a rigorous and intensive four to six year program of academic study at an accredited college or university with a pathologist assistant program. They'll earn either a bachelor's or master's degree after studying core curriculum courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, parasitology, pathology, bacteriology, biochemistry, biology, microbiology and organic chemistry, among others.
After graduation, students have the option of entering other allied healthcare career fields other than being a pathologist assistant if they're seeking work experience and continuing their graduate education as students, such as those pursuing a doctorate or a medical degree in a university. Moreover, those individuals holding pathologist assistant jobs require a clinical internship under the direct mentorship and tutelage of a licensed pathologist. Approximately 600 hours of hands on clinical work examining diseased organs and tissues and performing autopsies is required for them to become licensed in all fifty states. They then must pass a demanding written examination to be able to perform independently in morgues and laboratory settings.
Pathologist Assistant Jobs Career Prospects
Pathologist assistant jobs offer excellent career compensation and satisfaction. According to the bureau of labor statistics, those who hold pathological assistant jobs earn between $66,000-$102,000 per year in the United States. They work in a wide variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, morgues, funeral parlors, clinics and in scientific laboratory settings. They can perform all of the duties and responsibilities of a licensed pathologist with the exception of actually making the disease diagnosis. They don't have the extensive skill sets to do that. But they do perform autopsies just like the pathologist. It's a fascinating and financially rewarding career choice for those with the scientific aptitude and the psychological ability to do this kind of work.