Pathologist Jobs Report
Fourth Quarter 2020

Last revised 27 February 2021

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Quarter 4 - 2020 totals

For this quarter, there were 240 job postings at PathologyOutlines.com for full time or part time Pathologists, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 20.6% increase from the 199 job postings in the fourth quarter of 2018 (click here and note that data is not available for the 4rd 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 240 postings, 223 were for 1 position, 11 were for 2 positions and 6 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than 1.

Of the 240 ads, 111 (46.2%) were for academic positions and 129 (53.8%) were for non-academic positions, compared to 48.2% academic positions in the fourth 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, Puerto Rico, General USA, 5 provinces in Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Ontario) and Germany. New York had 21 ads, Ohio 20, Florida 18, Pennsylvania 18, California 17, New Jersey 12 and Texas 11. The eight states with no job ads were Idaho, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Mexico, Rhode Island, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 53 22.1%
USA - Northeast 66 27.5%
USA - South 69 28.8%
USA - West 37 15.4%
Canada 12 5.0%
Other 3 1.3%
Totals 240 100.1%

Compared to the fourth quarter of 2018, there were no substantial changes in distribution of job ads.

73.7% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility, compared to 82.3% for the fourth quarter of 2018. 60.4% required AP/CP boards and 7.1% required CP board certification only. 38 postings (15.8%) did not specify board certification, a large increase from the 14 (7.0%) posted in the fourth quarter of 2018. Of these 38 postings, 23 were academic and 15 were nonacademic.

Minimum requirements (board certified / board eligible):
AP 32 13.3%
AP/CP 145 60.4%
AP or CP 8 3.3%
CP 17 7.1%
Not indicated 38 15.8%
Totals 240 99.9%

In early 2020, we started categorizing jobs using any subspecialty or title listed in the advertisement, whether required or desired, which was in full force for the fourth quarter of 2020. For this period, 220 (91.7%) jobs required or desired a specific subspecialty or title, most commonly hematopathology, cytopathology, gynecologic, breast, molecular, medical director and GI / liver. In 80 ads (33.3%), there was a desired but no required subspecialty or title.

Required or desired subspecialty or title:
Subspecialty / title required or desired 220 91.7%
No required subspecialty or title 80 33.3%
Hematopathology 48 20.0%
Cytopathology 44 18.3%
Gynecologic 37 15.4%
Breast 35 14.6%
Molecular 31 12.9%
Medical Director 31 12.9%
GI / liver 30 12.5%
Dermatopathology 21 8.8%
Head & neck 20 8.3%
Transfusion medicine 17 7.1%
GU 17 7.1%
Pediatrics 12 5.0%
Pulmonary / cardiovascular 12 5.0%
Chief / Director / Chair 11 4.6%
Microbiology 10 4.2%
Neuropathology 10 4.2%
Bone & soft Tissue 8 3.3%
Chemistry 7 2.9%
Informatics 7 2.9%
Research 7 2.9%
Autopsy 4 1.7%
HLA / immunology 4 1.7%
Coagulation 3 1.3%
Education 3 1.3%
Immunohistochemistry 3 1.3%
Renal 3 1.3%
Forensics 2 0.8%
Transplant 2 0.8%
Cytogenetics 1 0.4%
Tissue bank 1 0.4%

Note: Many positions listed multiple specialties. Percentages are out of 240 ads.


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