Gynecologists are generally self-employed physicians who own their own practice, or partner in a practice with other gynecologists. Some of these doctors may start out by seeking employment in the practice of another. Other gynecologists are employed by hospitals, state agencies, and charitable organizations. Still, other gynecologists work in colleges and universities providing medical care or completing research. Some of these gynecologists are also professors in university medical programs.
All gynecologists work in either a medical or an educational field, sometimes both. Gynecologists are needed throughout the globe, and the demand for doctors in this profession is only growing. In the US alone, the job market for gynecologists is expected to grow 24% over the next decade, which is well above the projected national average. Most gynecologists report that they enjoy their work, however, many also report that their work is stressful and takes a lot of time away from their family and social life. The workplace of a gynecologist is fast-paced and ever-changing, and almost always requires doctors to work nights and weekends.
Some gynecological offices are very high-end, while others are bare bones and cater to rural or low-income patients. The more well-off a doctor's patients are, the less stress that doctor reports experiencing in their work life.