Pathologists' assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Prepare for autopsies by obtaining patients' medical records and arranging for radiographic examinations
B. Assist with or perform autopsies and surgical specimen examinations under pathologists' supervision
C. Dissect, examine, weigh and photograph organs and specimens, collect tissue specimens for chemical analysis and record findings
D. May prepare bodies for release to funeral homes following completion of autopsies
E. May train junior resident pathologists and train and supervise morgue attendants
F. May perform the duties of a medical laboratory technologist in some hospitals.
G. Conduct chemical analyses of blood, urine, and cerebro-spinal and other body fluids
1. To work in this field, you must have a post-secondary qualification and you may need certification by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science.
2. To be a medical laboratory technologist, you need either a bachelor of science or medical laboratory science degree or a two- to three-year college program in medical laboratory technology. You must also have a period of supervised training.
3. To be a medical laboratory technologist, you must be registered by a provincial regulatory body in New Brunswick, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.
4. To be a pathologists' assistant, you must have either a bachelor of science degree or training and experience as a registered nurse, registered nursing assistant or medical laboratory technologist. You must also have specialized, on-the-job training.
5. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree.
The average hourly wages for Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologists' Assistants is $24.17/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the health sector and above average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.