How to Hire a Pathologist

Does your growing business need a pathologist? Pathologists can help your company increase sales and revenue.

Here are some tips to help you find great pathologist candidates and choose the right hire for your business.

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Why hire a pathologist?

A great pathologist hire can help your business understand more diseases and begin to formulate remedies for them. A pathologist can increase the prestige of your organization by finding novel cures for diseases.

• Increase the amount of research you can conduct
• Alleviate the work burden of other pathologists
• Understand more diseases

Deciding between a full-time vs freelance pathologist

Typically, health care facilities almost always hire full-time pathologists. However, there are freelance pathologists available online for individuals and businesses that want to publish books or articles on a subject related to the various pathologies. They offer their services to help write the article, fact-check it and move it through the publishing process. 

For health care facilities, it’s advisable to hire a full-time pathologist. Pathologists are responsible for examining bodies and human tissue as well as performing medical tests in the lab. They’re more efficient and helpful in a full-time capacity. 

What are the ranks of pathologists?

In the field of pathology, there are a few notable positions within a well-defined hierarchy. These jobs include:

  • Pathologist assistant: A pathologist assistant is available to examine, dissect and process human tissue samples while under the supervision of a pathologist. They also handle forensic and medical autopsies. 
  • Associate pathologist: An associate pathologist serves as a middle point between a pathologist assistant and a pathologist. They have many of the same responsibilities as both of those roles. 
  • Pathologist: Pathologists are responsible for performing lab tests, examining bodies and tissues and helping other doctors diagnose their patients. Pathologists do more background work when compared to other doctors and have less interaction with patients. 
  • Pathology manager: The pathology manager is responsible for ensuring the pathology department runs smoothly. They handle scheduling and budgeting and oversee pathologists to make sure the work is done efficiently and correctly. 

Where to find pathologists

To find the right pathologist for your business, consider trying out a few different recruiting strategies:

  • Post help wanted flyers. Hanging up help wanted signs in the facility and around the community may attract attention for the position and generate quality candidates. 
  • Promote or hire from within. Some of the other medical professionals in your business may already have the knowledge and expertise required to perform pathology work. Conduct interviews to see if any of them are a good fit. 
  • Scout other local health care facilities. There may be quality pathologists working at other health care facilities in the area. Make some calls to see if they may be interested in the position.
  • Post your job online. Try posting your pathologist job on Indeed to find and attract quality pathologist candidates.

What are the ranks of pathologists?

In the field of pathology, there are a few notable positions within a well-defined hierarchy. These jobs include:

  • Pathologist assistant: A pathologist assistant is available to examine, dissect and process human tissue samples while under the supervision of a pathologist. They also handle forensic and medical autopsies. 
  • Associate pathologist: An associate pathologist serves as a middle point between a pathologist assistant and a pathologist. They have many of the same responsibilities as both of those roles. 
  • Pathologist: Pathologists are responsible for performing lab tests, examining bodies and tissues and helping other doctors diagnose their patients. Pathologists do more background work when compared to other doctors and have less interaction with patients. 
  • Pathology manager: The pathology manager is responsible for ensuring the pathology department runs smoothly. They handle scheduling and budgeting and oversee pathologists to make sure the work is done efficiently and correctly. 

Writing a pathologist job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified pathologist candidates. A pathologist job description includes a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities and the required and preferred skills for the position.

When writing your pathologist job description, consider including some or all of the following keywords to improve the visibility of your job posting. These are the most popular search terms leading to clicks on pathologist jobs, according to Indeed data:

  • Lab assistant
  • Pathology
  • Laboratory
  • Jackson health system
  • Laboratory assistant
  • Bioinformatics
  • Histology
  • Research assistant
  • Lab
  • Pathology lab assistant

Interviewing pathology candidates

Strong candidates for pathologist positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Disease types
• Pathology software
• New diseases of interest

Need help coming up with interview questions? See our list of pathology interview questions for examples (with sample answers).

FAQs about how to hire a pathologist

Do pathologists work alone?

Depending on the size of the facility, pathologists can work alone or in a team. Regardless of the size of the pathology department, pathologists must possess communication skills to give test results and findings to their peers. 

Do pathologists perform procedures?

Most, if not all, of the procedures pathologists perform are on deceased individuals, including autopsies to determine the cause of death. 

Do I really need to hire a pathologist?

Pathologists perform a lot of procedures and responsibilities that other doctors may not be trained to do. Even if the other doctors have the training, performing these procedures is a time commitment many doctors may not be able to make. Having a pathologist in a health care facility is recommended. 

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