Pediatric Pathologist

Run lab tests to help cure diseases in babies and children.
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~ $172,000

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What do Pediatric Pathologists do?

Pediatric Pathologists specialize in diseases and ailments that commonly occur in infants and young children. Like general Pathologists, who also research, analyze, and identify the origin and progression of diseases, this makes you a life saver for current and future generations.

As a Pediatric Pathologist, you spend most of your time in the lab. When a Pediatrician is unable to make a definitive diagnosis or needs confirmation of a disease, he or she takes a biopsy or collects bodily fluids and sends them to you. When you receive them, you do your best to work quickly and accurately, as the child’s treatment might hinge on your findings.

You use dyes, microscopes, and Petri-dish concoctions to identify cancer, as well as genetic, autoimmune, and neurological disorders. You also determine whether the culprit is viral, bacterial, or fungal.

Alternatively, instead of analyzing samples for Immunologists, Neurologists, and Pediatricians, you might wear a researcher’s hat and work to discover new treatments for common or rare childhood ailments. In this role, you design and implement experiments and then record your findings. You might even make the major medical breakthrough of the decade!

You’ve invested substantial time, money, and brainpower into earning the title of “Pediatric Pathologist,” so you might also be asked to be an expert witness in court, speak at conferences, or even teach college courses.

Should I be a Pediatric Pathologist?

You should have a doctoral degree or higher and share these traits:
  • High Achiever: You love the challenge of tackling difficult work.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a Pediatric Pathologist

    Most Pediatric Pathologists have a Doctorate. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:aaaaa9&chl=|||||doctorate+%28100%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,100
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