For this quarter, there were 121 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 68.1% increase from the 72 postings in the fourth quarter of 2013. For all of 2014, there were 351 postings, a 31.5% increase from the 267 postings for 2013 (a full report for 2014 will be posted separately). This may be due to expanded hiring, but we cannot rule out an increase in market share for job ads at PathologyOutlines.com. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 121 postings, 111 were for 1 position, 6 were for 2 positions, 1 was for 3 positions and 3 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than one.
Of the 121 ads, 59 (49%) were for academic positions, and 62 (51%) were for non-academic positions. This is essentially unchanged from the 53% academic positions in the fourth quarter of 2013. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.
For this quarter, jobs were posted from 35 of 50 states in the US plus Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, St. Maarten (Caribbean) and 6 provinces in Canada. In the U.S., New Jersey and New York had 9 ads each, Michigan-8, Pennsylvania-7, Florida-6 and California, Illinois, Kentucky and Ohio had 5 ads each.
Totals by regions: (click here for map of US regions):
|USA - Midwest||22||18.2%|
|USA - Northeast||33||27.3%|
|USA - South||38||31.4%|
|USA - West||14||11.6%|
|USA - Various||1||0.8%|
Compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, there was a decrease in job ads for the Northeast US (38.9% to 27.3%) and an increase in job ads for Canada (2.8% to 9.1%).
As in the past, almost all positions require board certification or eligibility. We assume that any academic position requires this, although it is not always stated. The "not indicated" figures below are for non academic positions. We have changed our standards somewhat for determining the minimum requirements, so year to year comparison may not be accurate.
Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
|AP or CP||15||12.4%|
Most jobs (81 of 121 or 66.9%) required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Hematopathology, Surgical pathology fellowship of some type, Cytopathology and GI / Liver. 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).
Required training / experience:
|Surg Path fellowship||12||9.9%|
|GI / Liver||10||8.3%|
|Chair / Chief / Director||5||4.1%|
|Pulmonary / Thoracic||2||1.7%|
|Head & Neck||1||0.8%|
|Totals (specialties listed)||153|
69 of the 121 ads (57.0%) also listed one of more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common were Cytopathology, Surgical Pathology fellowship of some kind and GI.
Other desired specialities:
|Surg Path fellowship||15||12.4%|
|Head & Neck||2||1.7%|
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