What’s the Radiology Job Outlook?

This post was contributed by Edward I. Bluth, MD, FACR, chair of the ACR Commission on Human Resources.

Bluth_EdwardThe 2016 ACR Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey results are out, offering a forecast regarding job opportunities and reflecting an overall positive outlook for radiologists.

There’s a greater availability of job opportunities compared with previous years, and the projected number of radiologists to be hired this year shows a 16.2 percent increase from last year’s hiring. Adding to this, the survey noted that 55 percent of the jobs were for first-time hires (post training) and 45 percent of jobs were obtained by radiologists moving from another job in 2015.

By Gender?

Male radiologists (78.6 percent) continue to outnumber female radiologists (21.4 percent). However, the survey did show that a larger number (26 percent) of radiologists younger than 45 years are women indicating an increased percentage of women radiologists in younger age groups. Unfortunately, this percentage doesn’t reflect the percentage of women enrolled in medical school. The Commission on Human Resources is studying the issue of why medical students chose radiology as their specialty, and the Commission on Women and Diversity is examining ways to attract more women into the workforce.

Where Are the Jobs?

It’s estimated that there will be 1,713–2,223 jobs available this year. The most plentiful jobs will be in the Midwest and the South—and in private practice (54 percent) followed by academic and university practices (29 percent).

Where Do I Fit in This Picture?

The current workforce shows radiologists in these practice areas: private practice (57 percent); academic/university settings (12 percent); hospital (12 percent); and multispecialty clinics (8 percent); corporate and/or government environments (.4 percent or less). While 85 percent of radiologists work full time, women account for more part-time work (30 percent), as compared to their male counterparts (9 percent).

Most Needed Subspecialties?

The most needed subspecialties are breast imaging (14 percent); general interventional (13 percent); neuroradiology (12 percent); general radiology (11 percent); body imaging (11 percent); and musculoskeletal subspecialties (10 percent).

The survey appears in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR) and has been published annually since 2011.

How do you view the current radiology job outlook? Have you been hearing about more job opportunities?

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