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Pathologists

ANZSCO ID 253915

Overview

All Other Medical Practitioners

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Pathologists

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 62% female Gender Share

Pathologists identify the cause and processes of disease and illness by examining changes in body tissue and in blood and other body fluids, and conduct tests on samples of tissues, blood and body secretions.

Specialisations: Clinical Cytopathologist, Forensic Pathologist, Immunologist.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia to specialise as a Pathologist.

Tasks
  • Conducts tests on body samples to determine nature, stage of development and possible source of illness.
  • Studies effects of selected drugs on diseased organisms to find effective methods for treating specific patients.
  • Performs autopsies.
  • May apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crimes by analysis physical and biological evidence.

Prospects

Pathways

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia to specialise as a Pathologist.

Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Skills & Knowledge

Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    96% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Biology

    90% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. English language

    86% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    76% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Clerical

    63% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    63% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Public safety and security

    61% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Psychology

    57% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  13. Law and government

    55% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Production and processing

    51% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  16. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Economics and accounting

    36% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Engineering and technology

    32% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  19. Physics

    32% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  20. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    80% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    66% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Critical thinking

    66% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Writing

    66% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Instructing

    66% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  11. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    52% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Management of material resources

    45% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    84% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    80% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    80% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    79% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Categorising

    63% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    61% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Speech clarity

    61% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Speed of recognition

    57% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Colour discrimination

    48% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  18. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Memorization

    43% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    90% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    89% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Researching and investigating

    86% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    81% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    79% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Communicating within a team

    79% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    75% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Training and teaching others

    75% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Giving expert advice

    74% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Explaining things to people

    71% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Communicating with the public

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Providing office support

    57% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  20. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1069.07 - Pathologists.

Work Environment

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

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Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    100% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    97% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Frequent decision making

    96% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Impact of decisions

    96% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Unstructured work

    93% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Consequence of error

    86% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  11. Electronic mail

    86% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Contact with people

    81% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Disease or infection

    81% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  14. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  15. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    75% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  16. Spend time sitting

    74% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  17. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    66% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  19. Health and safety of others

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Competition

    64% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    62% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    43% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    14% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1069.07 - Pathologists.

All Other Medical Practitioners

  • Unavailable Weekly Pay
  • Very strong Future Growth

Pathologists

  • 2,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 69% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 45 years Average age
  • 62% female Gender Share

Pathologists identify the cause and processes of disease and illness by examining changes in body tissue and in blood and other body fluids, and conduct tests on samples of tissues, blood and body secretions.

Specialisations: Clinical Cytopathologist, Forensic Pathologist, Immunologist.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia to specialise as a Pathologist.

Tasks
  • Conducts tests on body samples to determine nature, stage of development and possible source of illness.
  • Studies effects of selected drugs on diseased organisms to find effective methods for treating specific patients.
  • Performs autopsies.
  • May apply scientific knowledge and skills to investigate crimes by analysis physical and biological evidence.

You need to be a qualified Medical Practitioner and then complete further training with the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia to specialise as a Pathologist.

Registration with the Medical Board of Australia is required.

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need. Visit

  • Course Seeker to search and compare higher education courses.
  • ComparED to compare undergraduate and postgraduate student experiences and outcomes.

Employers look for Other Medical Practitioners who are caring and empathetic and can work well in a team, with the ability to communicate with a diverse range of people.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Medicine and dentistry

    96% Skill level

    Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.

  2. Biology

    90% Skill level

    Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.

  3. English language

    86% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  4. Education and training

    76% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  5. Customer and personal service

    70% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  6. Computers and electronics

    67% Skill level

    Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

  7. Chemistry

    64% Skill level

    Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.

  8. Clerical

    63% Skill level

    Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.

  9. Personnel and human resources

    63% Skill level

    Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.

  10. Administration and management

    62% Skill level

    Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.

  11. Public safety and security

    61% Skill level

    Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.

  12. Psychology

    57% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  13. Law and government

    55% Skill level

    How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.

  14. Mathematics

    54% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

  15. Production and processing

    51% Skill level

    Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.

  16. Communications and media

    41% Skill level

    Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.

  17. Economics and accounting

    36% Skill level

    Economics and accounting, the financial markets, banking and checking and reporting of financial data.

  18. Engineering and technology

    32% Skill level

    Use engineering, science and technology to design and produce goods and services.

  19. Physics

    32% Skill level

    The physical laws of matter, motion and energy, and how they interact through space and time.

  20. Sales and marketing

    29% Skill level

    Showing, promoting, and selling including marketing strategy, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

Skills

Skills can be improved through training or experience.

  1. Reading comprehension

    80% Skill level

    Reading work related information.

  2. Active learning

    66% Skill level

    Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.

  3. Critical thinking

    66% Skill level

    Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.

  4. Writing

    66% Skill level

    Writing things for co-workers or customers.

  5. Instructing

    66% Skill level

    Teaching people how to do something.

  6. Judgment and decision making

    66% Skill level

    Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.

  7. Complex problem solving

    64% Skill level

    Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.

  8. Speaking

    64% Skill level

    Talking to others.

  9. Active listening

    59% Skill level

    Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.

  10. Science

    57% Skill level

    Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

  11. Monitoring

    57% Skill level

    Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.

  12. Learning strategies

    55% Skill level

    Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.

  13. Coordination with others

    52% Skill level

    Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.

  14. Management of personnel resources

    52% Skill level

    Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.

  15. Time management

    52% Skill level

    Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.

  16. Social perceptiveness

    50% Skill level

    Understanding why people react the way they do.

  17. Systems analysis

    50% Skill level

    Figuring out how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect it.

  18. Systems evaluation

    50% Skill level

    Measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it.

  19. Management of material resources

    45% Skill level

    Providing the right equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do work.

  20. Serving others

    43% Skill level

    Looking for ways to help people.

Abilities

Workers use these physical and mental abilities.

  1. Inductive reasoning

    84% Skill level

    Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.

  2. Problem spotting

    80% Skill level

    Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.

  3. Oral comprehension

    80% Skill level

    Listen to and understand what people say.

  4. Oral expression

    79% Skill level

    Communicate by speaking.

  5. Deductive reasoning

    75% Skill level

    Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.

  6. Written comprehension

    75% Skill level

    Read and understand written information.

  7. Written expression

    66% Skill level

    Write in a way that people can understand.

  8. Near vision

    64% Skill level

    See details that are up-close (within a few feet).

  9. Sorting or ordering

    63% Skill level

    Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

  10. Categorising

    63% Skill level

    Come up with different ways of grouping things.

  11. Flexibility of closure

    61% Skill level

    See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.

  12. Speech clarity

    61% Skill level

    Speak clearly so others can understand you.

  13. Speed of recognition

    57% Skill level

    Quickly make sense of and organize things you can see like letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  14. Speech recognition

    55% Skill level

    Identify and understand the speech of another person.

  15. Brainstorming

    55% Skill level

    Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.

  16. Finger dexterity

    50% Skill level

    Put together small parts with your fingers.

  17. Colour discrimination

    48% Skill level

    Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.

  18. Perceptual speed

    45% Skill level

    Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.

  19. Memorization

    43% Skill level

    Remember things like words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.

  20. Selective attention

    39% Skill level

    Pay attention to something without being distracted.

Activities

These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.

  1. Making decisions and solving problems

    90% Skill level

    Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.

  2. Looking for changes over time

    89% Skill level

    Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.

  3. Keeping your knowledge up-to-date

    86% Skill level

    Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.

  4. Researching and investigating

    86% Skill level

    Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.

  5. Monitoring people, processes and things

    81% Skill level

    Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.

  6. Making sense of information and ideas

    79% Skill level

    Looking at, working with, and understanding data or information.

  7. Communicating within a team

    79% Skill level

    Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  8. Collecting and organising information

    77% Skill level

    Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.

  9. Documenting or recording information

    75% Skill level

    Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

  10. Training and teaching others

    75% Skill level

    Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.

  11. Checking compliance with standards

    74% Skill level

    Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.

  12. Giving expert advice

    74% Skill level

    Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups.

  13. Planning and prioritising work

    72% Skill level

    Deciding on goals and putting together a detailed plan to get the work done.

  14. Building good relationships

    71% Skill level

    Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.

  15. Explaining things to people

    71% Skill level

    Helping people to understand and use information.

  16. Communicating with the public

    69% Skill level

    Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.

  17. Thinking creatively

    64% Skill level

    Using your own ideas for developing, designing, or creating something new.

  18. Estimating amounts, costs and resources

    57% Skill level

    Working out sizes, distances, amounts, time, costs, resources, or materials needed for a task.

  19. Providing office support

    57% Skill level

    Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.

  20. Working with computers

    47% Skill level

    Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

Occupational Information Network
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.
The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1069.07 - Pathologists.

Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.

Filter Work Environment

Demands

The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.

  1. Being exact or accurate

    100% Important

    Be very exact or highly accurate.

  2. Freedom to make decisions

    97% Important

    Have freedom to make decision on your own.

  3. Frequent decision making

    96% Important

    Frequently make decisions that impact other people.

  4. Impact of decisions

    96% Important

    Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.

  5. Face-to-face discussions

    95% Important

    Talk with people face-to-face.

  6. Telephone

    95% Important

    Talk on the telephone.

  7. Unstructured work

    93% Important

    Have freedom to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals.

  8. Indoors, heat controlled

    92% Important

    Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.

  9. Time pressure

    89% Important

    Work to strict deadlines.

  10. Consequence of error

    86% Important

    Work where mistakes have serious consequences.

  11. Electronic mail

    86% Important

    Use electronic mail.

  12. Contact with people

    81% Important

    Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.

  13. Disease or infection

    81% Important

    Be exposed to disease or infections.

  14. Teamwork

    81% Important

    Work with people in a group or team.

  15. Wear common protective or safety equipment

    75% Important

    Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.

  16. Spend time sitting

    74% Important

    Spend time sitting at work.

  17. Letters and memos

    72% Important

    Write letters and memos.

  18. Responsible for outcomes

    66% Important

    Take responsibility for the results of other people's work.

  19. Health and safety of others

    65% Important

    Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.

  20. Competition

    64% Important

    Compete with others, or be aware of competitive pressures.

Values

Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.

  1. Achievement

    81% Important

    Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.

  2. Independence

    81% Important

    Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.

  3. Recognition

    76% Important

    Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.

  4. Working conditions

    69% Important

    Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.

  5. Support

    67% Important

    Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.

  6. Relationships

    62% Important

    Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.

Interests

Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.

  1. Analytical

    95% Important

    Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.

  2. Practical

    62% Important

    Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.

  3. Administrative

    48% Important

    Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.

  4. Helping

    43% Important

    Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.

  5. Creative

    24% Important

    Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.

  6. Enterprising

    14% Important

    Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 29-1069.07 - Pathologists.
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