For calendar year 2020, there were 763 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 9.7% decrease from the 845 ads posted in 2018 (click here), attributed to the marked drop in elective surgery from March to July 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, Ph.D., residency, fellowship or non-pathologist positions. Of these postings, 717 were for 1 position, 29 were for 2 positions, 3 were for 3 positions and 14 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than 1.
Note: we use 2018 as the comparison year because data was not available for quarters 3 and 4 of 2019 due to installation of a new database. Totals in this report differ from the sum of the quarterly reports due to database inconsistencies regarding job renewals.
Of the 763 ads, 322 (42.2%) were for academic positions and 441 (57.8%) were for non-academic positions, compared to 45.0% academic during 2018. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a university.
For 2020, job advertisements were posted from 48 of 50 U.S. states (all but Montana and Wyoming), plus General U.S.A., Puerto Rico, Washington, D.C., 8 Canadian provinces (not Quebec or Prince Edward Island), Germany, Ireland and Saudi Arabia. The states/provinces with the most ads were: New York (81), Florida (59), Pennsylvania (50), Ohio (46) and California (45).
Totals by regions: (click here for map of US regions):
|USA - Midwest||156||20.4%||15.7% to 25.0%|
|USA - Northeast||229||30.0%||27.5% to 32.2%|
|USA - South||223||29.2%||26.9% to 31.7%%|
|USA - West||116||15.2%||13.5% to 15.4%|
|Canada||33||4.3%||2.8% to 5.7%|
|Other||6||0.8%||0% to 1.3%||Totals||763||99.9%|
The last column shows mild variability by region in job postings during the four quarters of 2020.
Most postings (75.0%) required AP or AP/CP board certification/eligibility. Of the 127 ads which did not list a board certification requirement, 59 were academic and likely required board certification.
Minimum requirements (board certified / board eligible):
|AP or CP||28||3.7%|
Most advertisements (91.0%) at least preferred a subspecialty, although for 204 (26.7%), it was not a requirement. For 2020, the most common subspecialties listed were cytopathology, hematopathology, GI / liver, gynecologic and breast pathology.
Required training (experience):
|GI / liver||114||14.9%|
|Head & Neck||42||5.5%|
|Chief / chair / director||35||4.6%|
|Bone & soft tissue||23||3.0%|
|HLA / immunology||11||1.4%|
|Clinical (being phased out as a category)||2||0.3%|
Note: percentages are out of 763 ads and some positions listed multiple subspecialties.
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