I am a certified Pathologists' Assistant, and I thought I would help guide you in your career search. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a PA (not to be confused with Physician Assistant, it happens all the time), GET EDUCATED! Visit www.pathologistsassistants.org/ and gain a general understanding of what a PA does. If you think you are interested in the career, call your local hospital's Pathology Department, and see if they have a PA. (Not all hospitals have certified Pathology Assitants). If they do have PAs, inquire about the possiblility of shadowing them for even an hour or two. These beginning steps are necessary long before you start applying. The PA community is small, and if it looks to the recruiter like you are only here because you are settling, or do not know the first thing about being a PA, they will not hesitate to deny your application.
I would advise you to base your decision not on salary, demographics, or ease of gaining entry into a program. Read up on the career, then ask questions of the professions on forums like this one. If you are like me, and find that the career is a good fit for you, you will certainly be rewarded! I am very lucky, as I am one of the few people in this world that simply looks forward to going to work every day.