Pathologist Jobs Report
Fourth Quarter 2016

Last revised 3 February 2017

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Quarter 4 - 2016 totals

For this quarter, there were 169 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 22.5% increase from the 138 job postings in the fourth quarter of 2015. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, PhD, residency, fellowship or non-Pathologist positions. Of the 169 postings, 158 were for 1 position, 5 were for 3 positions and 6 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than one.

Of the 169 ads, 94 (55.6%) were for academic positions, and 75 (44.3%) were for non-academic positions, comparable to the fourth quarter in 2015 (53% academic, 47% nonacademic). We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For this quarter, jobs were posted from 35 of 50 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Outside the US, postings were from Canada (4 provinces), St. Maarten (Caribbean), and Ireland. In the U.S., California had 22 ads, New York had 18 ads, Ohio had 13 ads, and Pennsylvania had 11 ads.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 47 27.8%
USA - Northeast 45 26.6%
USA - South 39 23.1%
USA - West 26 15.4%
Canada 10 5.9%
Other 2 1.2%
Totals 169 100.0%

There was an increase in job ads from the Midwest (18.8% to 27.8%) and Northeast (22.5% to 26.6%) compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and a substantial decrease in job ads from the South (37.0% to 22.5%).

77.5% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility (BC/BE), a slight decrease from the 82.7% figure for the fourth quarter of 2015. 34.3% required AP/CP boards and 10.7% of postings required CP boards certification only. Seven postings did not specify board certification at all.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP 73 43.2%
AP/CP 58 34.3%
AP or CP 13 7.7%
CP 18 10.7%
Not indicated 7 4.1%
Totals 169 100%

149 (88.2%) jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Cytopathology, Hematopathology, GI and Breast, 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 20 11.8%
Cytopathology 36 21.3%
Hematopathology 30 17.8%
GI 21 12.4%
Breast 20 11.8%
Molecular 17 10.1%
Clinical 16 9.5%
Transfusion Medicine 16 9.5%
GU 13 7.7%
Dermatopathology 11 6.5%
Director/Chief/Chair 9 5.3%
GYN 9 5.3%
Medical Director 9 5.3%
Pediatric 8 4.7%
Neuropathology 7 4.1%
Research 7 4.1%
Autopsy 6 3.6%
Education 5 3.0%
Renal 5 3.0%
Chemistry 3 1.8%
Head & Neck 3 1.8%
HLA 3 1.8%
Bone & Soft Tissue 3 1.8%
Pulmonary 3 1.8%
Cytogenetics 1 0.6%
Informatics 1 0.6%
Totals 282

Note: Some positions listed multiple specialties; percentages are out of 169 ads

22 postings (13%) also listed one or more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common were GU and GI, as indicated below:

Other desired specialities:
GU 6 3.6%
GI 5 3.0%
Breast 4 2.4%
Cytopathology 4 2.4%
Head & Neck 4 2.4%
GYN 4 2.4%
Hematopathology 4 2.4%
Molecular 3 1.8%
Neuropathology 3 1.8%
Pulmonary 3 1.8%
Bone & Soft Tissue 2 1.2%
Dermatopathology 2 1.2%
Pediatric 2 1.2%
Director/Chief/Chair 1 0.6%
Microbiology 1 0.6%
Research 1 0.6%
Totals 49
Note: percentages are out of 169 ads

Length of postings:
We remove job ads when (a) the advertisers contact us and request removal, (b) after we contact the advertisers (beginning 3-4 months after posting) and they request removal, or (c) the ads expire at 6 months. To ensure that 6 months have elapsed from the job postings, we are using data from January to June 2016.

For this period, there were 258 job ads, including 115 in which the advertisers requested removal before the 6 month period expired. This includes 57 academic jobs, with an average of 113 days posting per job (range, 4-200 days) and 58 nonacademic jobs, with an average of 95 days posting per job (range, 8-174 days). There were 143 job ads which ran until expiration, including 83 academic and 60 nonacademic ads.


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