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Pathology/Pathologist Assistant

12 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
112 Master's Degrees Annually
#115 in Popularity
$49,040 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many pathology/pathologist assistant graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 112
Bachelor’s Degree 12

What Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, pathology/pathologist assistant majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors

Pathology/Pathologist Assistant majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Skills for Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to pathology/pathologist assistant:

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  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Operation Monitoring - Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors

Pathology/Pathologist Assistant majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Arm-Hand Steadiness - The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

What Can You Do With a Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with pathology/pathologist assistant:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Surgical Technologists 11.7% $47,300

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Pathology/Pathologist Assistant?

12 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
92% Percent Women
8% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 92% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of pathology/pathologist assistant majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 9
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Pathology/Pathologist Assistant. About 8.3% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Pathology/Pathologist Assistant majors often go into careers with median salaries of $49,040. This median refers to all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with pathology/pathologist assistant require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to pathology/pathologist assistant have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 5.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 32.0%
Some College Courses 23.8%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 41.6%

Online Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 8 schools offered some type of pathology/pathologist assistant program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 8 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Pathology/Pathologist Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a pathology/pathologist assistant grad is $49,040 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 23% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $182,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to pathology/pathologist assistant.

Major Number of Grads
Medical/Clinical Assistant 60,320
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician & Veterinary Assistant 9,273
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 8,341
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 7,650
Occupational Therapist Assistant 4,986
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,605
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,515
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 803
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 392
Anesthesiologist Assistant 307
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 175
Radiologist Assistant 126
Lactation Consultant 20
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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