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29-1069.07 - Pathologists

Diagnose presence and stage of diseases using laboratory techniques and patient specimens. Study the nature, cause, and development of diseases. May perform autopsies.

Sample of reported job titles: Anatomic Pathologist, Associate Pathologist, Attending Pathologist, Cytopathologist, Dermatopathologist, Forensic Pathologist, Oral Pathologist, Pathologist, Pathology Laboratory Director

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Tasks

  • Examine microscopic samples to identify diseases or other abnormalities. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose diseases or study medical conditions using techniques such as gross pathology, histology, cytology, cytopathology, clinical chemistry, immunology, flow cytometry, and molecular biology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Write pathology reports summarizing analyses, results, and conclusions. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Identify the etiology, pathogenesis, morphological change, and clinical significance of diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Analyze and interpret results from tests such as microbial or parasite tests, urine analyses, hormonal assays, fine needle aspirations (FNAs), and polymerase chain reactions (PCRs). See more occupations related to this task.
  • Communicate pathologic findings to surgeons or other physicians. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in pathology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Consult with physicians about ordering and interpreting tests or providing treatments. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Plan and supervise the work of the pathology staff, residents or visiting pathologists. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Review cases by analyzing autopsies, laboratory findings, or case investigation reports. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Educate physicians, students, and other personnel in medical laboratory professions such as medical technology, cytotechnology, and histotechnology. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Manage medical laboratories. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Develop or adopt new tests or instruments to improve diagnosis of diseases. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Diagnose infections, such as Hepatitis B and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), by conducting tests to detect the antibodies that patients' immune systems make to fight such infections. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct genetic analyses of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) or chromosomes to diagnose small biopsies and cell samples. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Obtain specimens by performing procedures such as biopsies and fine need aspirations (FNAs) of superficial nodules. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Conduct research and present scientific findings. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Perform autopsies to determine causes of deaths. See more occupations related to this task.

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Tools & Technology

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Albuminometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Analytical balances See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Biopsy needles — FNAC needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Blood gas analyzers — In vitro blood gas analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Calorimeters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Capillary or hematocrit tubes — Capillary tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Chemistry analyzers — Clinical chemical systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Coagulation analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Dropping pipettes — Automated pipettes; Disposable plastic pipettes; Gravimetric pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electron microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Electrophoresis system accessories — Electrophoresis instruments See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Eyewashers or eye wash stations — Eyewash fountains See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Facial shields — Chemical protective face shields See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Gas chromatographs — Gas chromatographs GC See more occupations related to this tool.
  • General purpose refrigerators or refrigerator freezers — Laboratory refrigerators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hazardous material protective apparel — Personal protective equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hemacytometer sets — Hemacytometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hematology analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histology or cytology slide stainers — Automated slide stainers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histology paraffin — Paraffin molds See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Histology tissue cassettes — Histopathology block holders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Immunology analyzers — Automated immunoassay analyzers; Chemiluminescent immunoassay analyzers; Fluorescence polarization immunoassay analyzers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Irradiation gamma sources — Blood irradiators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Label making machines — Label printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory flasks — Volumetric flasks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory freezer or refrigerator thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laboratory vials — Weighing vials See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Mass spectrometers — Mass spectroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical exam or non surgical procedure gloves — Powder-free gloves See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microbiology analyzers — Flow cytometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Microtomes — Freezing microtomes; Rotary microtomes; Sliding microtomes; Ultra microtomes (see all 6 examples) See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Sterile screw-cap cups; Sterile screw-cap glass tubes; Sterile screw-cap plastic tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient identification and information products — Positive patient identification PPID systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Petri plates or dishes — Plastic petri dishes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photo attachments for microscopes — Digital photomicroscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photometers — Flame photometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Rapid amplification or complementary deoxyribonucleic acid ends RACE technology products — Polymerase chain reaction PCR equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Shaking incubators — Blood culture incubators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Slide dryers — Slide drying ovens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specialty plates for bacteria — Blood agar plates See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Specimen holders — Anaerobic specimen transport systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spinal anesthesia kit or tray — Lumbar puncture needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Spirometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sputum collection apparatus or containers — Sputum traps See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Surgical bone biopsy trephines — Bone marrow puncture needles; Trephine biopsy needles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Swab collection or transport containers — Swab transports See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Temperature cycling chambers or thermal cyclers — Thermal cyclers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Tissue processors — Tissue baths See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Ultra cold or ultralow upright cabinets or freezers — Freezers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Urinalysis analyzers — Urinometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Clot tubes; Sterile vacutainer tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Volumetric pipettes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Water baths — Laboratory water baths See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Accounting software — Cerner Millennium ProFit; Healthvision MediAR; TELCOR Billing Information System; XIFIN (see all 12 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Information retrieval or search software — Digital image databases See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Medical software — CPSI CPSI System; MEDITECH Anatomical Pathology; PathLogix; Wyndgate Technologies ElDorado Donor (see all 81 examples) See more occupations related to this technology.

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Biology — Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • English Language — Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Administration and Management — Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Computers and Electronics — Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Customer and Personal Service — Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Education and Training — Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Personnel and Human Resources — Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Chemistry — Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Public Safety and Security — Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Clerical — Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Psychology — Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders. See more occupations related to this knowledge.
  • Law and Government — Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process. See more occupations related to this knowledge.

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Skills

  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Science — Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Instructing — Teaching others how to do something. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Learning Strategies — Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Analysis — Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Management of Personnel Resources — Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Systems Evaluation — Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system. See more occupations related to this skill.
  • Time Management — Managing one's own time and the time of others. See more occupations related to this skill.

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Abilities

  • Inductive Reasoning — The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Problem Sensitivity — The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Deductive Reasoning — The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Oral Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Comprehension — The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Written Expression — The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Flexibility of Closure — The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Information Ordering — The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Recognition — The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speech Clarity — The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Category Flexibility — The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Selective Attention — The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Finger Dexterity — The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Fluency of Ideas — The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity). See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Memorization — The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Perceptual Speed — The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Speed of Closure — The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns. See more occupations related to this ability.
  • Visual Color Discrimination — The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness. See more occupations related to this ability.

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Work Activities

  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems — Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events — Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards — Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyzing Data or Information — Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships — Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others — Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others — Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings — Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization — Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Training and Teaching Others — Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Estimating the Quantifiable Characteristics of Products, Events, or Information — Estimating sizes, distances, and quantities; or determining time, costs, resources, or materials needed to perform a work activity. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Scheduling Work and Activities — Scheduling events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Thinking Creatively — Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material — Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials to identify the cause of errors or other problems or defects. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coaching and Developing Others — Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People — Assessing the value, importance, or quality of things or people. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others — Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies — Establishing long-range objectives and specifying the strategies and actions to achieve them. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Detailed Work Activities

  • Analyze laboratory specimens to detect abnormalities or other problems. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Communicate test or assessment results to medical professionals. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Diagnose medical conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Operate laboratory equipment to analyze medical samples. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare reports summarizing patient diagnostic or care activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Test biological specimens to gather information about patient conditions. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with healthcare professionals to plan or provide treatment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Train medical providers. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop health assessment methods or programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain medical or professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Conduct research to increase knowledge about medical issues. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise technical medical personnel. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Present medical research reports. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Analyze medical data to determine cause of death. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Manage healthcare operations. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Work Context

  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 100% responded “Extremely important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Freedom to Make Decisions — 84% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Frequency of Decision Making — 89% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Impact of Decisions on Co-workers or Company Results — 78% responded “Very important results.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Telephone — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Structured versus Unstructured Work — 67% responded “A lot of freedom.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 84% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Time Pressure — 14% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Consequence of Error — 64% responded “Extremely serious.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Electronic Mail — 79% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Duration of Typical Work Week — 65% responded “More than 40 hours.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Contact With Others — 61% responded “Contact with others most of the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Exposed to Disease or Infections — 44% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 62% responded “Very important.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Wear Common Protective or Safety Equipment such as Safety Shoes, Glasses, Gloves, Hearing Protection, Hard Hats, or Life Jackets — 41% responded “Every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Spend Time Sitting — 77% responded “More than half the time.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Letters and Memos — 39% responded “Once a month or more but not every week.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsibility for Outcomes and Results — 40% responded “High responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Responsible for Others' Health and Safety — 38% responded “Limited responsibility.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Level of Competition — 33% responded “Moderately competitive.” See more occupations related to this work context.
  • Public Speaking — 47% responded “Once a week or more but not every day.” See more occupations related to this work context.

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Job Zone

Title Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
Education Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Related Experience Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
Job Training Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Job Zone Examples These occupations often involve coordinating, training, supervising, or managing the activities of others to accomplish goals. Very advanced communication and organizational skills are required. Examples include librarians, lawyers, sports medicine physicians, wildlife biologists, school psychologists, surgeons, treasurers, and controllers.
SVP Range (8.0 and above)

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Education


Percentage of Respondents
Education Level Required
56   Post-doctoral training
42   Doctoral degree
1   Professional degree Help

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Credentials

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Interests

Interest code: IR

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally. See more occupations related to this interest.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others. See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Styles

  • Attention to Detail — Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Dependability — Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Analytical Thinking — Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Integrity — Job requires being honest and ethical. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Achievement/Effort — Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Independence — Job requires developing one's own ways of doing things, guiding oneself with little or no supervision, and depending on oneself to get things done. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Stress Tolerance — Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Initiative — Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Persistence — Job requires persistence in the face of obstacles. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Cooperation — Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Leadership — Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Adaptability/Flexibility — Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Self Control — Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Concern for Others — Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Innovation — Job requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems. See more occupations related to this work style.
  • Social Orientation — Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job. See more occupations related to this work style.

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Work Values

  • Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy. See more occupations related to this work value.
  • Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status. See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.
Employment data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.
Industry data collected from Physicians and Surgeons, All Other.

Median wages (2014) $90.00+ hourly, $187,200+ annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 349,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Faster than average (15% to 21%) Faster than average (15% to 21%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 152,600
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

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  • Physicians and Surgeons external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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