Pathology has become one of the best career options among the youngsters. Know about opportunities, various courses and education for pathologists in India.

Careers in Pathology

Pathology is one of the branches of medical science that deals with causes, processes, development and effects of diseases. The term 'pathology' is derived from the Greek word 'pathos', which means feeling or suffering. A pathologist has to concentrate on the proper examination of the organs, tissues and bodily fluids. He/she should also have thorough understanding of the mechanism of cells and tissues, cellular adaptation to injury, necrosis, inflammation, wound healing and neoplasia.

There are two main branches of pathology in medical science - Anatomical pathology or Anatomic pathology and Clinical pathology. However, there are also other branches of pathology such as forensic pathology, veterinary pathologists, plant pathology, molecular pathology, surgical pathology, hematopathology etc. The aspirants, who are seeking their career in pathology, can become specialists in one of the aforementioned branches of the same. Considering the increasing demand for highly qualified pathologists in India, several medical institutes, colleges and universities in the country have included courses in the field of pathology, in their academic programs.

Course Details
Courses in the field of pathology are being offered by a number of medical colleges and universities in India. Most of them generally conduct courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate degree levels. Those candidates, who have completed 10+2 examination with Physics, Chemistry and Biology from any recognized Board, are eligible to apply for the UG courses. For the PG programs, graduation in related field from any recognized University is mandatory.

Career Prospects
Pathology can be very lucrative and promising career in India. Those who want to build their career in pathology should have proper thorough knowledge in the field. After finishing their course at any recognized medical college in India, the job seekers can work as specialists in any of branch of pathology, including Anatomical pathology, Clinical pathology, Forensic pathology, Veterinary pathology, Plant pathology, Molecular pathology, surgical pathology etc.

Top Colleges Offering UG/PG/Other Courses
Some of the prominent institutes for pathology in India are St. Johns Medical College (Bangalore), Christian Medical College (Vellore), G. B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology (Uttarakhand), Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences (Hubli), Thirumala Devaswom Medical College (Kerala), Sarojini Naidu Medical College (Agra), Dr. SN Medical College (Jodhpur), Vinayaka Mission's Sankarachariyar Dental College (Salem) etc.

The salary of pathologists may vary according to the standard of the organization. As a beginner, one can earn anywhere between Rs 22000 and Rs 30000 per month. On the other hand, Pathologists nowadays are earning between Rs 45,000 and Rs 60,000 with just one year of experience. Senior pathologists having experience up to ten years in the field, earn higher salaries.

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