Pathologist Jobs Report
Fourth Quarter 2015

Last revised 26 January 2016

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Quarter 4 - 2015 totals

For this quarter, there were 138 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 14% increase from the 121 job postings in the third quarter of 2014. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 138 postings, 134 were for 1 position, 2 were for 2 positions, and 2 were for an unspecified amount greater than 1 position.

Of the 138 ads, 73 (53%) were for academic positions, and 65 (47%) were for non-academic positions. This is a slight increase in academic jobs this quarter compared to the 49% academic jobs seen in the fourth quarter of 2014. We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For this quarter, jobs were posted from 38 of 50 states in the US, 4 provinces in Canada and 2 from Puerto Rico. California had 14 ads, New York had 11 ads, Ohio had 10 ads, and Pennsylvania and Texas both had 8 ads.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 26 18.8%
USA - Northeast 31 22.5%
USA - South 51 37.0%
USA - West 23 16.7%
Canada 6 4.3%
General USA 1 0.7%
Totals 138 100.0%

There was a slight growth in job ads from the South (31.4% to 37.0%) and West (11.6% to 16.7%) compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

82.7% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility (BC/BE). 39.9% required AP/CP boards, which are similar to the fourth quarter report in 2014, and 9.4% of postings required CP boards certification only. 10 postings indicated board certification, without specifying AP or CP. Only 1 ad did not specify board certification at all.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP 59 42.8%
AP/CP 55 39.9%
AP or CP 10 7.2%
CP 13 9.4%
Not indicated 1 0.7%
Totals 138 100.0%

97 (70.3%) jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Hematopathology, GI, and Cytopathology, as indicated below. To determine the statistics below, we tried to determine from the text of the ads what fellowship training was essential for a Pathologist, or what the type of position was.

Required training (experience):
None specified 41 29.7%
Hematopathology 17 12.3%
GI 12 8.7%
Cytopathology 10 7.2%
Director 8 5.8%
Microbiolgy 8 5.8%
Pediatric 8 5.8%
Molecular 7 5.1%
Neuropathology 7 5.1%
Breast 6 4.3%
Medical Director 6 4.3%
Transfusion Medicine 5 3.6%
Dermatopathology 4 2.9%
Surgical Fellowship 4 2.9%
Research 3 2.2%
Clinical Pathology 2 1.4%
Forensic 2 1.4%
GYN 2 1.4%
Informatics 2 1.4%
Chief 1 0.7%
Coagulation 1 0.7%
Cytogeneticist 1 0.7%
GU 1 0.7%
HLA 1 0.7%
Immunology 1 0.7%
Perinatal 1 0.7%
Pulmonary 1 0.7%
Renal 1 0.7%
Urology 1 0.7%
Totals 164

Note: Some positions listed multiple specialties; percentages are out of 138 ads

53 postings (38.4%) also listed one or more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common were Cytopathology, GI and Hematopathology, as indicated below:

Other desired specialities:
Cytopathology 11 8.0%
GI 11 8.0%
Hematopathology 11 8.0%
Breast 9 6.5%
Dermatopathology 8 5.8%
GYN 7 5.1%
GU 6 4.3%
Molecular 6 4.3%
Research 6 4.3%
Surgical 4 2.9%
Autopsy 3 2.2%
Bone & Soft Tissue 3 2.2%
Clinical 3 2.2%
Head & Neck 3 2.2%
Pediatric 3 2.2%
Informatics 2 1.4%
Renal 2 1.4%
Blood Bank 1 0.7%
Coagulation 1 0.7%
Director 1 0.7%
ENT 1 0.7%
Neuropathology 1 0.7%
Perinatal 1 0.7%
Pulmonary 1 0.7%
Transplant 1 0.7%
Urology 1 0.7%
Totals 107
Note: percentages are out of 138 ads

Length of postings:
We remove job ads when (a) the advertisers contact us and request removal, (b) we contact the advertisers (beginning 3-4 months after posting) and they request removal, or (c) the ads expire. Typically ads expire after 6 months, but prior to May 2015, academic ads expired after 12 months. We are only using data from the first half of 2015 for non-academic jobs in which they requested removal. We will resume these statistics for academic jobs in July 2016.

For the first half of 2015, there were 50 nonacademic job ads in which they requested removal. The average number of days posted was 74 days for the 26 ads in the first quarter of 2015 (range, 10-161 days) and 89 days for the 24 ads in the second quarter of 2015 (range, 24-161 days). This compares to an average of 111 days for 23 ads in the first quarter of 2014 and 94 days for the 23 ads in the second quarter of 2014.


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