Pathologist Jobs Report
Third Quarter 2017

Last revised 30 October 2017

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Quarter 3 - 2017 totals

For this quarter, there were 178 job postings for full time or part time pathologists at PathologyOutlines.com, which form the basis for the statistics below. This is a 25.4% increase from the 142 job postings in the third quarter of 2016. We have excluded postings that were only for locum, Ph.D., residency, fellowship or non-pathologist positions. Of the 178 postings, 160 were for 1 position, 8 were for 2 positions, 9 were for an unspecified number of positions greater than one and one position was for unspecified number of positions greater than 3.

Of the 178 ads, 89 (50%) were for academic positions, and 89 (50%) were for non-academic positions. We saw a slight decrease in academic positions and a small increase in nonacademic positions compared with the third quarter in 2016 (54% academic, 46% nonacademic). We define academic as an Assistant, Associate or Full Professor position at a University.

For this quarter, jobs were posted from 37 of 50 states, 6 provinces in Canada, and 1 job ad in Puerto Rico. Three jobs were for General USA or Northeast. California had 20 ads, New York had 18 ads, and Massachusetts had 12 ads.

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

Regions:
USA - Midwest 35 19.7%
USA - Northeast 53 29.8%
USA - South 35 19.7%
USA - West 40 22.5%
Canada 13 7.3%
Other 2 1.1%
Totals 178 100.1%

Totals by region increased slightly in the Northeast (from 27.5% to 29.8%) and West (from 19.0% to 22.5%) and decreased noticeably in the Midwest (from 23.9% to 19.7%) and South (from 26.1% to 19.7%), compared with the 3rd quarter of 2016.

78.7% of postings required AP or AP/CP board certification / eligibility (BC/BE), similar to the 79.6% figure we saw for the third quarter of 2016. 34.8% required AP/CP boards and 15.2% of postings required CP boards certification only. Nine postings indicated board certification, without specifying AP or CP and two postings did not specify board certification at all.

Minimum requirements (board certified/board eligible):
AP 78 43.8%
AP/CP 62 34.8%
AP or CP 9 5.1%
CP 27 15.2%
Not indicated 2 1.1%
Totals 178 100.0%

160 (89.9%) jobs required fellowship training or strong subspecialty experience. For this period, the most common subspecialties / job descriptions listed were Cytopathology, Hematopathology 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 18 10.1%
Cytopathology 32 18.0%
Hematopathology 30 16.9%
Breast 22 12.4%
GI 20 11.2%
Transfusion 18 10.1%
Clinical 17 9.6%
Molecular 17 9.6%
Dermatopathology 16 9.0%
GYN 15 8.4%
GU 14 7.9%
Neuropathology 11 6.2%
Director/Chief/Chair 10 5.6%
Pulmonary 9 5.1%
Research 9 5.1%
Head & Neck 8 4.5%
Pediatric 6 3.4%
Chemistry 5 2.8%
Education 5 2.8%
Informatics 4 2.2%
Medical Director 4 2.2%
Renal 4 2.2%
Bone & Soft Tissue 3 1.7%
HLA 3 1.7%
Cytogenetics 2 1.1%
Microbiology 2 1.1%
Autopsy 1 0.6%
GI/Liver 1 0.6%
IHC 1 0.6%
Transplant 1 0.6%
Totals 308

Note: Some positions listed multiple specialties; percentages are out of 178 ads

10 postings (5.6%) also listed one or more subspecialties that would be "an asset" or otherwise helpful. The most common was Molecular, as indicated below:

Other desired specialities:
Molecular 7 3.9%
Breast 1 0.6%
Cytopathology 1 0.6%
GI 1 0.6%
HLA 1 0.6%
Medical Director 1 0.6%
Microbiology 1 0.6%
Pediatric 1 0.6%
Research 1 0.6%
Totals 15
Note: percentages are out of 178 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 October 2016 to March 2017.

For this period, there were 315 job ads, including 127 in which the advertisers requested removal before the 6 month period expired. This includes 63 academic jobs, with an average of 128 days posting per job (range, 6-188 days) and 64 nonacademic jobs, with an average of 109 days posting per job (range, 10-171 days). There were 188 job ads which ran until expiration, including 108 academic and 80 nonacademic ads.


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