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Pathologists work in hospitals and clinics on land and aboard ships.
Average Military Salary
Military pathologists primarily work in military laboratories. These specialists conduct tests on tissue, cells, and bodily fluids to diagnose disease. They direct other medical officers and technicians in performing such anatomical pathological examinations as biopsies and necropsies involving preparation of tissue for microscopic analysis. They conduct laboratory tests and examinations of blood, organs, and body tissues to determine etiology, nature, and development of diseases and disease processes.
Officers typically enter the Military after they have completed a four-year college degree; enlisted service members can transition to officer positions through a variety of pathways and earn a degree while serving. Job training for pathologists primarily consists of on-the-job learning in various training environments. Scholarships for advanced medical training are available in return for an obligated period of military service. Qualifying students benefit through unique training experiences and get to attend certain military short courses designed to develop tactical, technical and operational skills unique to the military environment. Like other officers working in healthcare, they complete a comprehensive training program covering responsibilities, orientation to military structure, healthcare and etiquette, traditions, and leadership development. Job-specific training content may include:
- Team Strategies and Tools to Enhance Performance and Patient Safety/TeamSTEPPS Essentials and Fundamentals
- Mishap Investigation and Prevention
- Operational Aeromedical Problems
- Senior Leadership
- Joint Operations Medical Management
- Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely
- Interpersonal and communication skills
- Decision-making and integration skills
- Interest in work requiring accuracy and attention to detail
Related Civilian Careers
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians
- Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
- Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists