- Laboratory Assistant
- Pathology Assistant
- Pathology Technician
Start a rewarding new career investigating the origins, causes and nature of disease by studying a pathology course or qualification.
What do pathology graduates do?
Pathologists study diseases at the molecular level, analysing complex samples of tissue, organ and fluid to understand diseases and solve the problems they cause.
A qualified pathologist is a person who has completed a medical degree and several years of specialised training in a hospital pathology department. But numerous other opportunities exist for graduates of other pathology qualifications.
Usually, pathology graduates analyse samples in laboratories, including diagnostic laboratories in hospitals and private pathology companies, research laboratories in universities, and biotechnology laboratories. Pathology study also opens pathways to working in the pharmaceutical, scientific equipment and education industries.
You may choose to work in general pathology, or specialise with further study into anatomical pathology, clinical pathology, chemical pathology, genetic pathology, haematology, or immunology.
Graduates of pathology courses usually pursue employment in laboratories, and may work as a:
You’ll find pathology stimulating and enjoyable if you:
- Are curious
- Enjoy detailed work
- Have an ability to focus
- Can work independently
- Like problem-solving
- Enjoy using your hands
- Can analyse information
- Like thinking critically
- Want to work in a scientific or medical environment
- Enjoy fast-paced and focused work
Strong demand exists for qualified pathology professionals as Australia’s healthcare industry responds to a growing and ageing population. Laboratories and private diagnostic firms hire regularly for laboratory assistants, and workers report remaining in stable roles for up to 20 years, according to PayScale.
According to PayScale, a laboratory technician or assistant can expect to earn approximately $45,000 per year, or between $22 and $28 per hour. A senior technician or laboratory manager may earn between $60,000 and $90,000, depending on experience. A qualified medical graduate with a specialisation in pathology may earn over $200,000 per year.
- National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council
- Pathology Australia