Pathologist Jobs Report
Fourth Quarter 2017

Last revised 22 January 2018

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Quarter 4 - 2017 totals

For this quarter, there were 189 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is an 11.8% increase from the 169 job postings in the fourth quarter of 2016. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, Ph.D., residency, fellowship or non-pathologist positions. Of the 189 postings, 177 were for 1 position, 6 were for 2 positions and 6 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than one.

Of the 189 ads, 99 (52%) were for academic positions, and 90 (48%) were for non-academic positions. We saw a slight decrease in academic positions and a small increase in nonacademic positions compared with the fourth quarter in 2016 (56% academic, 44% nonacademic). We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For this quarter, jobs were posted from 39 of 50 states and Washington D.C., 2 provinces in Canada, and 1 job ad in New Zealand. New York had 16 ads, Ohio had 14 ads, and Pennsylvania had 11 ads.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 42 22.2%
USA - Northeast 51 27.0%
USA - South 62 32.8%
USA - West 25 13.2%
Canada 8 4.2%
Other 1 0.5%
Totals 189 99.9%

Totals by region increased in the South (from 23.1% to 32.8%) and decreased in the Midwest (from 27.8% to 22.2%) and West (from 15.4% to 13.2%), compared with the 4th quarter of 2016.

87.3% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility (BC/BE), a noticeable increase from the 77.5% figure we saw for the fourth quarter of 2016. 40.7% required AP/CP boards and 7.9% of postings required CP board certification only. Three postings indicated board certification, without specifying AP or CP and six postings did not specify board certification at all.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP 88 46.6%
AP/CP 77 40.7%
AP or CP 3 1.6%
CP 15 7.9%
Not indicated 6 3.2%
Totals 189 100.0%

162 (85.7%) jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Cytopathology, Hematopathology and GI, as indicated below. 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.

Required training (experience):
None specified 27 14.3%
Cytopathology 39 20.6%
Hematopathology 32 16.9%
GI 29 15.3%
GYN 22 11.6%
Breast 18 9.5%
Clinical 15 7.9%
Dermatopathology 15 7.9%
Molecular 14 7.4%
Medical Director 11 5.8%
Transfusion 11 5.8%
Director/Chief/Chair 10 5.3%
Neuropathology 9 4.8%
Pediatric 9 4.8%
GU 8 4.2%
Pulmonary 8 4.2%
Research 8 4.2%
Education 6 3.2%
Head & Neck 6 3.2%
Bone & Soft Tissue 5 2.6%
Chemistry 5 2.6%
Renal 4 2.1%
Autopsy 3 1.6%
IHC 2 1.1%
Informatics 2 1.1%
Coagulation 1 0.5%
Cytogenetics 1 0.5%
Forensic 1 0.5%
HLA 1 0.5%
Totals 322

Note: Some positions listed multiple specialties; percentages are out of 189 ads

11 postings (5.8%) also listed one or more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common was Breast, as indicated below:

Other desired specialities:
Breast 5 2.6%
GI 4 2.1%
Molecular 3 1.6%
Clinical 2 1.1%
Cytopathology 2 1.1%
Head & Neck 2 1.1%
Autopsy 1 0.5%
Chemistry 1 0.5%
Coagulation 1 0.5%
GYN 1 0.5%
Hematopathology 1 0.5%
Microbiology 1 0.5%
Neuropathology 1 0.5%
Pediatric 1 0.5%
Renal 1 0.5%
Research 1 0.5%
Totals 28
Note: percentages are out of 189 ads

Length of postings:
We remove job ads when (a) the advertisers contact us and request removal, (b) after we contact the advertisers (beginning 3 - 4 months after posting) and they request removal, or (c) the ads expire at 6 months. To ensure that 6 months have elapsed from the job postings, we are using data from January 2017 to June 2017.

For this period, there were 293 job ads, including 98 in which the advertisers requested removal before the 6 month period expired. This includes 43 academic jobs, with an average of 114 days posting per job (range, 4-181 days) and 55 nonacademic jobs, with an average of 106 days posting per job (range, 4-182 days). There were 195 job ads which ran until expiration, including 117 academic and 78 nonacademic ads.


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