Pathologist

Identify and diagnose the presence and stages of diseases and possible sources of infection in body tissues, fluids and other scientific specimens.

Pathologist

Pathologist

Roles and responsibilities

To qualify as an pathologist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As a pathologist you would be employed primarily in private pathology practices, hospital laboratories or government health laboratories. You may work in private practice on your own, in partnership with another pathologist or in a group practice. Opportunities for general pathologists exist in community hospitals, large country towns and non-metropolitan centres.

Pathologists:

  • study the nature, cause, development and clinical management of diseases in people, and the structural and functional changes caused by them
  • prepare or supervise the preparation of, tissue sections from surgical and diagnostic cases and autopsies
  • examine bodily fluids and tissues for the presence and measurement of chemical substances, microbiological organisms (such as HIV and Hepatitis C), and chemical and other biological responses to disease processes
  • examine tissues using scientific techniques and equipment to determine the nature, cause and progress of disease
  • perform autopsies to determine causes of death, the nature and extent of disease and injury, and the effect of treatment supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians
  • write reports of findings for use by other medical practitioners and coroners
  • direct the activities of pathology departments in hospitals, private clinics or laboratories, or other locations.

Source: myFuture

To qualify as an pathologist:

Step 1
Complete any undergraduate bachelor’s course {Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)} as your first degree.

Step 2
Complete the postgraduate Doctor of Medicine to qualify as a doctor.

Refer to the Study Pathways to the right for more information.


As a pathologist you would be employed primarily in private pathology practices, hospital laboratories or government health laboratories. You may work in private practice on your own, in partnership with another pathologist or in a group practice. Opportunities for general pathologists exist in community hospitals, large country towns and non-metropolitan centres.

Pathologists:

  • study the nature, cause, development and clinical management of diseases in people, and the structural and functional changes caused by them
  • prepare or supervise the preparation of, tissue sections from surgical and diagnostic cases and autopsies
  • examine bodily fluids and tissues for the presence and measurement of chemical substances, microbiological organisms (such as HIV and Hepatitis C), and chemical and other biological responses to disease processes
  • examine tissues using scientific techniques and equipment to determine the nature, cause and progress of disease
  • perform autopsies to determine causes of death, the nature and extent of disease and injury, and the effect of treatment supervise and coordinate the work of technical officers and technicians
  • write reports of findings for use by other medical practitioners and coroners
  • direct the activities of pathology departments in hospitals, private clinics or laboratories, or other locations.

Source: myFuture

Undergraduate Courses To Become

Pathologist

Postgraduate Courses To Become

Pathologist

Course work courses to pursue this career
Professional requirements

After completion of the Doctor of Medicine and working in the public hospital system for two years (internship and residency), doctors interested in becoming a pathologist can apply to the Royal College of Pathologists Australasia to undertake further training and ultimately receive Fellowship which normally takes at least five years of study while working as a doctor.