Pathologist Jobs Report
Second Quarter 2021

Last revised 5 August 2021

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Quarter 2 - 2021 totals

For this quarter, there were 345 job postings at PathologyOutlines.com for full time or part time Pathologists, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a record number of jobs for any quarter. The prior record was 278 in the third and fourth quarters of 2019. There were 114 job postings in April, 108 in May and 123 in June 2021.This is a 232% increase from the 104 job postings in the second quarter of 2020 (click here for that report), which is due to a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and Canada in Q2 of 2020. We excluded postings that were only for locum, Ph.D., residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 345 postings, 316 were for 1 position, 11 were for 2 positions, 1 was for 3 positions and 17 were for an unspecified number of positions.

Of the 345 ads, 161 (46.7%) were for academic positions and 184 (53.3%) were for non-academic positions, compared with 35.6% academic positions in the second quarter of 2020. 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 45 of 50 states plus Washington D.C., 6 provinces in Canada (British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan), Kenya, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. The 5 states with no job ads were Hawaii, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The Canadian provinces not represented are Alberta, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. New York (34 jobs), Florida (27 jobs), California (24 jobs), Pennsylvania (23 jobs), Ohio (18 jobs) and Texas (18 jobs) had the most job listings.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 65 18.8%
USA - Northeast 99 28.7%
USA - South 115 33.3%
USA - West 52 15.1%
Canada 11 3.2%
Other 3 0.9%
Totals 345 100%

This distribution of positions was comparable to the second quarter of 2020, with the South taking a slight lead over the Northeast in 2021.

68.4% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility, compared with 73.0% in the second quarter of 2020. 47.8% required AP/CP boards and 8.1% required CP board certification only. 77 (22.3%) postings did not specify board certification. Of these 77 postings, 36 were academic and 41 were nonacademic. The marked increase in "not indicated" for certification may be due to the difficulty in finding pathologists to fill positions.

Minimum requirements (board certified / board eligible):
AP 71 20.6%
AP/CP 165 47.8%
AP or CP 4 1.2%
CP 28 8.1%
Not indicated 77 22.3%
Totals 345 100%

We categorize jobs using any subspecialty listed in the advertisement, either as a primary job requirement or as a desired subspecialty. For this period, 89.3% of jobs required or desired a specific subspecialty listed below, most commonly cytopathology or hematopathology.

Required or desired subspecialty or title:
Cytopathology 70 20.3%
Hematopathology 64 18.6%
GI / liver 46 13.3%
Gynecologic 44 12.8%
Breast 41 11.9%
Dermatopathology 34 9.9%
Molecular 32 9.3%
Medical Director 29 8.4%
Transfusion medicine 27 7.8%
Neuropathology 24 7.0%
Head & neck 22 6.4%
Pulmonary / cardiovascular 21 6.1%
GU 18 5.2%
Pediatrics 16 4.6%
Microbiology 12 3.5%
Chief / Director / Chair 12 3.5%
Bone & soft Tissue 9 2.6%
Informatics 9 2.6%
Chemistry 8 2.3%
Education 7 2.0%
Cytogenetics 6 1.7%
Coagulation 6 1.7%
Renal 6 1.7%
Forensic 5 1.4%
Autopsy 5 1.4%
Research 4 1.2%
HLA/Immunology 3 0.9%
Transplant 3 0.9%
Innunohistochemistry 2 0.6%
Vetierinary 1 0.3%

Note: Many positions listed multiple specialties. Percentages are out of 345 ads.


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