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2013 Summary

For calendar year 2013, there were 267 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of these postings, 250 were for 1 position, 4 were for 2 positions, 2 were for 3 positions, and 11 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than one. One ad specified 2 distinct positions with different features, so for the statistics below, we are assuming that there were 268 ads.

Of the 268 ads, 134 (50%) were for academic positions, and 134 (50%) were for non-academic positions. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For 2013, jobs were posted from 38 of 50 US states, plus Washington, D.C., and 7 Canadian provinces. The States/Provinces with 5+ ads were: New York (23), California (21), Massachusetts (16), Pennsylvania (16), Texas (14), Florida (11), Michigan (10), Ohio (10), Tennessee (10), Washington State (10), Iowa (9), Louisiana (7), New Jersey (7), Illinois (6), Virginia (6), Georgia (5), Maryland (5), Oklahoma (5) and Ontario (5).

Totals by regions: (click here for map of US regions):

Regions:
USA - Midwest4918.3%16.9% to 20.3%
USA - Northeast7327.2%20.8% to 38.9%
USA - South8130.2%23.7% to 40.3%
USA - West4516.8%12.5% to 22.0%
Canada197.1%2.8% to 10.8%
Caribbean10.4%N/A
Totals268100.0%N/A

The last column shows mild/moderate variability by region in job postings during the four quarters of 2013.

Almost all ads required AP board certification or eligibility. Of the 19 ads which did not list a Board certification requirement, 12 were academic, and likely required board certification as well. 76% of postings required AP or AP/CP Board certification/eligibility, a similar percentage in all four quarters.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP10037.3%34.7% to 39.0%
AP/CP10338.4%30.5% to 44.4%
AP or CP186.7%1.4% to 15.3%
CP2810.4%3.1% to 18.1%
Not indicated197.1%2.8% to 13.8%
Totals26899.9%N/A


Most jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties listed were Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology fellowship of some type (unspecified) and Hematopathology. Only 14% were for "general" pathologists with no subspecialty indicated. To determine the statistics below, we tried to determine from the text of the ads what fellowship training was essential for a Pathologist, or what the type of position was (Director, Medical Director).

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
Cytopathology3914.6%
None specified3814.2%
Surg Path fellowship3713.8%
Hematopathology3513.1%
GI / Liver249.0%
Medical Director197.1%
Transfusion medicine166.0%
Dermatopathology155.6%
Molecular145.2%
Neuropathology134.9%
Breast124.5%
Research103.7%
Gyn93.4%
Renal83.0%
Clinical Pathology72.6%
GU72.6%
Pediatrics62.2%
Bone & Soft Tissue51.9%
Director51.9%
Head & Neck51.9%
Microbiology41.5%
Chief31.1%
Transplant20.7%
Coagulation10.4%
Education10.4%
Forensics10.4%
IHC10.4%
Totals337
Note: Some positions listed multiple subspecialities

116 of the 268 ads also listed one or more subspecialties in which fellowships / experience / interest would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common was research for academic positions, followed by molecular, breast, cytopathology, hematopathology, and a surgical pathology fellowship of some kind.

Other desired subspecialities:
Research3412.7%
Molecular249.0%
Breast166.0%
Cytopathology166.0%
Hematopathology166.0%
Surg Path fellowship155.6%
GI124.5%
GU103.7%
Gyn103.7%
Bone & Sof t Tissue62.2%
Dermatopathology62.2%
Informatics62.2%
Chemistry51.9%
Coagulation41.5%
Head & Neck41.5%
Thoracic31.1%
Transfusion medicine31.1%
Clinical Pathology20.7%
Medical Director20.7%
Microbiology20.7%
Renal20.7%
Autopsy10.4%
Pediatrics10.4%
Totals200
Note: percentages are out of 268 ads

Please contact Dr. Pernick with any questions or comments at 248/646-0325 or NatPernick@hotmail.com.

End of Pathologist Jobs Report - 2013 Summary