The Wider Pathology Workforce
In addition to medical, scientific and veterinary pathologists, other types of experts are also needed within the various pathology specialties.
Biomedical scientists are science graduates who work in specialties such as histopathology and haematology. Their expertise is in performing the millions of tests that are carried out in laboratories every year.
Medical laboratory assistants provide technical support and work in specialised areas such as laboratories or the mortuary.
Cervical cytology screeners are the highly skilled people who examine cervical smears and other cytology specimens, helping to make the UK Cervical Cancer Screening Programme one of the best in the world.
Phlebotomists take blood from patients for testing.
Anatomical pathology technicians support pathologists in undertaking post mortems.