Learn about the types of people who become forensic pathologists. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.


Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2024

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a forensic pathologist. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming forensic pathologists at a ratio of 1.28 to 1.


Actual Gender Mix, 2024

61% of forensic pathologists are female and 39% are male.


Gender Bias, 2024

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a forensic pathologist and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a forensic pathologist and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are more men interested in becoming a forensic pathologist than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.


Ethnic Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of forensic pathologists are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish, making up 35% of the population. The next highest segments are White and Black or African American, making up 24% and 24% respectively.