Male in scrubs looking at computer in laboratory

A day as a pathologist

You work at your local NHS hospital, and begin at 9am in the laboratory - testing patient samples from local GP surgeries and hospitals.

You then see a diabetic patient in your outpatient clinic at 11am, and check his progress against test findings. Since you specialise in chemical pathology, you diagnose diseases in people whose bodies have 'gone wrong', and you're often asked by GPs to examine samples from diabetics.

Later, you visit a ward patient who's receiving a food substitute, and check his progress and recovery. You love being part of a healthcare team, and often get to participate in medical research, which contributes to the prevention of disease.