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Pathology Collector

Use technical knowledge to collect medical samples from patients, keep patient records and organise sample delivery.

What's it like to be a Pathology Collector?

Pathology Collectors work for medical laboratories performing a range of tasks including extracting, collecting and labelling blood, urine, faeces, swabs and other patient samples. They also prepare samples for delivery by courier to a laboratory. Pathology Collectors usually work in hospitals or suburban collection centres and may travel to the homes of patients who are housebound.

Pathology Collector

Tasks and duties

  • Guiding patients through the sampling process.
  • Communicating with people of all ages with a broad range of ailments.
  • Using hypodermic needles to draw blood.
  • Using swabs to collect mucus or DNA samples.
  • Following procedures to ensure all samples are accurately labelled and archived.
  • Preparing and delivering samples within set timescales.
  • Adhering to strict hygiene regulations.
  • Keeping meticulous records of patient history and all procedures.
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Pathology Collectors employ a high level of empathy, communication and customer service and use discretion when performing their duties, as well as keeping meticulous records for every patient. They work in medical laboratories in public and private hospitals, clinics, and for large specialist pathology providers.

What can I earn as a Pathology Collector?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Pathology Collector is between $50k and $60k
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How to become a Pathology Collector


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It is possible to work as a Pathology Collector without formal qualifications, however employers may prefer individuals with qualifications in the field or with relevant experience in another medical discipline. A full driver’s licence is usually required in order to work from off-site locations.

  1. Achieve and maintain a full driver’s licence.
  2. Achieve and maintain a First Aid Certificate.
  3. Complete a qualification in Pathology. This may be a Certificate III in Pathology Collection (HLT37215), or Diploma of Laboratory Technology (MSL50116).
  4. Look to acquire a work placement in a laboratory setting during your education. This will provide you with relevant experience as well as guidance and mentorship from experienced laboratory workers.

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Certificate III in Pathology Collection

This certificate gives you the skills and knowledge to work as a Pathology Collector.

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Diploma of Laboratory Technology

This qualification provides specialised skills to conduct scientific-technical tests using a range of laboratory technologies.

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How do Pathology Collectors rate their role?

Latest reviews from 17 Pathology Collectors surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.3
Job satisfaction
4.0
Career progression opportunities
3.1
Job security
3.6
Pay / Salary
2.8
Variety of work
3.6

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Dec 2018
Pathology collection is an interesting career that provides both experiences and challenges..
Reviewer's Qualification
Master of Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
Pathology
The good things
A career in pathology is an interesting one. You get to meet different patients everyday, aside from learning different blood tests and diagnostic. You feel like a part of a team to help in the diagno...
The challenges
The challenge comes during an encounter with difficult patients. You need to maintain patience and be professional and more focused in handling difficult situations.
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Nov 2018
Phlebotomists are fast paced resilient, compassionate healthcare professionals with a smile.
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Pathology Collection
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Phlebotomist
The good things
Working as a Phlebotomist is a rewarding job where you get to meet people from all cultural backgrounds and hear there stories and share a few yourself. I enjoy giving them a laugh or just to see the...
The challenges
Certain patients or family members may not be so welcoming to having there blood taken daily while in hospital, and some patients while sick have very poor veins to access the blood for testing. But t...
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Working hours for Pathology Collectors

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What are the job opportunities for Pathology Collectors?

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