Pathologist Jobs Report
Third Quarter 2020

Last revised 20 November 2020

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Quarter 3 - 2020 totals

For this quarter, there were 230 job postings at PathologyOutlines.com for full time or part time Pathologists, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 2.5% decrease from the 236 job postings in the third quarter of 2018 (click here for that report; note that data is not available for the 3rd quarter of 2019 as we were installing a new database). We excluded postings that were only for locum, Ph.D., residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 230 postings, 212 were for 1 position, 10 were for 2 positions, 1 was for 3 positions and 7 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than 1.

Of the 230 ads, 91 (39.6%) were for academic positions and 139 (60.4%) were for non-academic positions, compared to 50.4% academic positions in the third quarter of 2018. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position or a University position other than lecturer or solely clinical in nature.

Jobs were posted from 42 of 50 states, the District of Columbia, General USA, 5 provinces in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Ontario) and Ireland. New York had 24 ads, Florida 18, California 16, Pennsylvania 12, Connecticut 10, North Carolina 10 and Ohio 8. The eight states with no job ads were Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico and Wyoming.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 36 15.7%
USA - Northeast 71 30.9%
USA - South 73 31.7%
USA - West 35 15.2%
Canada 13 5.7%
Other 2 0.9%
Totals 230 100.1%

Compared to the third quarter of 2018, there was a marked drop in jobs from the Midwest (29.7% to 15.7%), and slight increases in the Northwest (23.7% to 30.9%) and South (26.3% to 31.7%).

74.3% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility, compared to 81.4% for the third quarter of 2018. 55.2% required AP/CP boards and 3.9% required CP board certification only. 39 postings (17.0%) did not specify board certification, a large increase from the 13 (5.5%) posted in the third quarter of 2018. Of these 39 postings, 16 were academic and 23 were nonacademic.

Minimum requirements (board certified / board eligible):
AP 44 19.1%
AP/CP 127 55.2%
AP or CP 11 4.8%
CP 9 3.9%
Not indicated 39 17.0%
Totals 230 100.0%

We recently started categorizing jobs using any subspecialty or title listed in the advertisement, whether required or desired, which was in full force for the third quarter of 2020. For this period, 212 (92.2%) jobs required or desired a specific subspecialty or title, most commonly cytopathology, GI / liver, hematopathology, breast, gynecologic pathology or dermatopathology. In 82 ads (35.7%), there was a desired but no required subspecialty or title.

Required or desired subspecialty or title:
Subspecialty / title required or desired 212 92.2%
No required subspecialty or title 82 35.7%
Cytopathology 55 23.9%
GI / liver 46 20.0%
Hematopathology 41 17.8%
Breast 32 13.9%
Gynecologic 31 13.5%
Dermatopathology 26 11.3%
GU 22 9.6%
Molecular 18 7.8%
Transfusion medicine 17 7.4%
Medical Director 16 7.0%
Chief / Director / Chair 11 4.8%
Head & neck 11 4.8%
Pulmonary / cardiovascular 11 4.8%
Informatics 10 4.3%
Neuropathology 9 3.9%
Pediatrics 8 3.5%
Bone & soft Tissue 7 3.0%
Chemistry 5 2.2%
Microbiology 5 2.2%
Renal 4 1.7%
Transplant 4 1.7%
Government 3 1.3%
HLA / immunology 3 1.3%
Immunohistochemistry 3 1.3%
Research 3 1.3%
Autopsy 2 0.9%
Coagulation 2 0.9%
Cytogenetics 2 0.9%
Industry 2 0.9%
Education 2 0.9%
Forensics 1 0.4%

Note: Many positions listed multiple specialties. Percentages are out of 230 ads.


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