Pathology Collectors extract, collect, label and preserve blood and other specimens from patients for laboratory analysis.
Specialisations: Blood Collector.
A certificate III in pathology collection is usually needed to work as a Pathology Collector. Some workers have a university qualification.
Records donors' personal details, including their weight, age, blood type and contact details.
Explains the procedure to donors and checks their personal details.
Takes a finger-prick test to check the donor's haemoglobin (red blood cells) and ensure that iron levels in the blood are normal.
Takes blood from donors.
Informs donors of emergency medical contacts for potential side-effects of donating blood.
Cares for donors who may be feeling dizzy or have another adverse reaction.
Provides refreshments for donors, and ensures they absorb enough sugar back into their system.
Maintains machinery and orders supplies.
Advertises blood collection days.
Drives a blood bank collection vehicle.
Gives speeches about donating blood.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
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Earnings and hours
Around 41% of people employed as Pathology Collectors work full-time hours, in all their jobs combined. This is 25 percentage points below the all jobs average (66%).
Full-time workers work an average of 40 hours per week in their main job. This is 4 hours less than the all jobs average (44 hours per week).
Sources:Full-time share and full-time hours: ABS, 2016 Census, customised report. Compared to the all jobs average.
Most Pathology Collectors work in the Health care and social assistance industry.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report.
Employment across Australia
Employment by State and Territory (% Share)
|State||Pathology Collectors||All Jobs Average|
Around 43% of Pathology Collectors live outside of capital cities, compared with the all jobs average of 38%.
The regions with the largest share of workers are:
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian states, territories and regions, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age and gender
The median age of Pathology Collectors is 45 years. This is higher than the all jobs average of 40 years.
A large share of workers are aged 45 to 54 years.
Females make up 92% of the workforce. This is 44 percentage points above the all jobs average of 48%.
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile and gender share compared to the all jobs average.
Age Profile (% Share)
|Age Bracket||Pathology Collectors||All Jobs Average|
|65 and Over||3.5||4.2|
Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Education, training and experience
A certificate III in pathology collection is usually needed to work as a Pathology Collector. Some workers have a university qualification.
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Highest Level of Education (% Share)
|Type of Qualification||Pathology Collectors||All Jobs Average|
|Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate||3.7||10.1|
|Year 10 and below||6.5||12.5|
Source: ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Skills and Knowledge
Employers look for Medical Technicians who have good people skills, a high attention to detail and are accurate.
Skills can be improved through training or experience.
Talking to others.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem.
Keeping track of how well work is progressing so you can make changes or improvements.
Reading work related information.
45%Coordination with others
Being adaptable and coordinating work with other people.
Teaching people how to do something.
Looking for ways to help people.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Being able to use what you have learnt to solve problems now and again in the future.
Writing things for co-workers or customers.
Figuring out the best way to teach or learn something new.
Managing your own and other peoples' time to get work done.
37%Judgment and decision making
Figuring out the pros and cons of different options and choosing the best one.
Talking people into changing their minds or their behaviour.
34%Complex problem solving
Noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it.
34%Management of personnel resources
Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, and choosing the best people for the job.
34%Quality control analysis
Doing tests and checking products, services, or processes to make sure they are working properly.
Bringing people together and trying to sort out their differences.
Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.
72%Customer and personal service
Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.
61%Education and training
Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.
44%Medicine and dentistry
Diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities, including preventive health-care measures.
41%Public safety and security
Use of equipment, rules and ideas to protect people, data, property, and institutions.
40%Computers and electronics
Circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Chemical composition, structure, and properties. How chemicals are made, used, mixed, and can change.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
34%Therapy and counselling
Diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and career counselling and guidance.
33%Sociology and anthropology
Group behaviour and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
33%Production and processing
Raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and ways of making and distributing goods.
32%Law and government
How our laws and courts work. Government rules and regulations, and the political system.
31%Administration and management
Business principles involved in strategic planning, leadership, and coordinating people and resources.
31%Communications and media
Media production, communication, and dissemination. Includes written, spoken, and visual media.
Plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, how they rely on and work with each other and the environment.
27%Personnel and human resources
Recruiting and training people, managing pay and other entitlements (like sick leave), and negotiating pay and conditions.
Foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
Transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Workers use these physical and mental abilities..
Listen to and understand what people say.
Communicate by speaking.
See details that are up-close (within a few feet).
Keep your hand or arm steady.
Read and understand written information.
Put together small parts with your fingers.
48%Sorting or ordering
Order or arrange things in a pattern or sequence (e.g., numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Use general rules to find answers or solve problems logically.
Use lots of detailed information to come up with answers or make general rules.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
Come up with different ways of grouping things.
Write in a way that people can understand.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Notice differences between colours, including shades of colour and brightness.
41%Flexibility of closure
See a pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) hidden in other distracting material.
Quickly move your hand to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Use your eyes to quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things.
Pay attention to something without being distracted.
Come up with a number of ideas about a topic, even if the ideas aren't very good.
These are kinds of activities workers regularly do in this job.
74%Helping and caring for others
Providing personal assistance, medical attention, or emotional support.
71%Keeping your knowledge up-to-date
Keeping up-to-date with technology and new ideas.
68%Building good relationships
Building good working relationships and keeping them over time.
62%Working with the public
Greeting or serving customers, clients or guests, and public speaking or performing.
62%Monitoring people, processes and things
Checking objects, actions, or events, and keeping an eye out for problems.
59%Communicating within a team
Giving information to co-workers by telephone, in writing, or in person.
57%Training and teaching others
Understanding the needs of others, developing training programs, and teaching or instructing.
54%Working with computers
Using computers to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
54%Checking compliance with standards
Deciding whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
54%Coordinating the work of a team
Getting members of a group to work together to finish a task.
54%Coaching and developing others
Working out the needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or helping them to improve.
53%Collecting and organising information
Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or checking information or data.
52%Making decisions and solving problems
Using information to work out the best solution and solve problems.
52%Documenting or recording information
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
50%Researching and investigating
Looking for, getting and understanding different kinds of information.
50%Looking for changes over time
Comparing objects, actions, or events. Looking for differences between them or changes over time.
49%Communicating with the public
Giving information to the public, business or government by telephone, in writing, or in person.
46%Checking for errors or defects
Inspecting equipment, structures, or materials for errors, problems or defects.
46%Leading and encouraging a team
Encouraging and building trust, respect, and cooperation among team members.
44%Providing office support
Doing day-to-day office work such as filing and processing paperwork.
Interests and demands
Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants and animals, or materials like wood, tools, and machinery.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
98%Contact with people
Have contact with people by telephone, face-to-face, or any other way.
97%Being exact or accurate
Be very exact or highly accurate.
94%Disease or infection
Be exposed to disease or infections.
93%Wear common protective or safety equipment
Wear equipment like safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hard hats or life jackets.
Talk with people face-to-face.
93%Indoors, heat controlled
Work indoors with access to heating or cooling.
Talk on the telephone.
91%Physically close to people
Work physically close to other people.
89%Consequence of error
Work where mistakes have serious consequences.
88%Health and safety of others
Take responsibility for the health and safety of others.
86%Frequent decision making
Frequently make decisions that impact other people.
Work with people in a group or team.
85%Repeating same tasks
Repeat the same tasks or activities (e.g., key entry) over and over, without stopping.
84%Contact with the public
Work with customers or the public.
Work to strict deadlines.
82%Angry or unpleasant people
Deal with unpleasant, angry, or rude people.
82%Making repetitive motions
Spend time making repetitive motions.
80%Impact of decisions
Make decisions that have a large impact on other people.
80%Spend time standing
Spend time standing at work.
78%Lead or coordinate a team
Lead others to do work activities.
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