Pathologist Jobs Report
2020 Summary

Last revised 4 April 2021

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2020 Summary

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):

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 127 16.6%
AP or CP 28 3.7%
AP/CP 446 58.4%
CP 35 4.6%
Not indicated 127 16.6%
Totals 763 99.9%

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):
Cytopathology 159 20.8%
Hematopathology 136 17.8%
GI / liver 114 14.9%
Gynecologic 108 14.2%
Breast 105 13.8%
Dermatopathology 75 9.8%
Molecular 73 9.6%
GU 66 8.7%
Medical Director 61 8.0%
Transfusion 55 7.2 %
Head & Neck 42 5.5%
Chief / chair / director 35 4.6%
Pulmonary 35 4.6%
Pediatrics 31 4.1%
Neuropathology 31 4.1%
Microbiology 25 3.3%
Bone & soft tissue 23 3.0%
Informatics 22 2.9%
Chemistry 20 2.6%
Renal 13 1.7%
Research 12 1.6%
HLA / immunology 11 1.4%
Education 10 1.3%
Transplant 10 1.3%
Immunohistochemistry 9 1.2%
Autopsy 8 1.0%
Coagulation 6 0.8%
Cytogenics 4 0.5%
Industry 3 0.4%
Government 3 0.4%
Forensics 2 0.3%
Clinical (being phased out as a category) 2 0.3%
Tissue bank 1 0.1%

Note: percentages are out of 763 ads and some positions listed multiple subspecialties.

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