Sokanu rates Family Practitioners with a B- employability rating, meaning this career should provide good employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 20,400 Family Practitioners. That number is based on 19,300 additional Family Practitioners, and the retirement of 1,100 existing Family Practitioners.
Demand for Family Practitioners
Family practitioners will always be needed. Without family physicians, medical care becomes fragmented, leading to greater chances of medication errors and potential for unnecessary treatment, hospitalization, and expenses. In many ways, these physicians are the backbone of medicine, especially in rural areas where other medical specialists are less common than in urban settings. The trend toward medical students choosing to specialize in sub-disciplines other than family practice suggests that there will be a shortage of these doctors over the next decade. In fact, some medical schools are increasing their enrolments on the basis of higher demand for family practitioners. The falling number of family physicians in the U.S. comes as more Americans can pay for treatment and are flocking to healthcare providers due to the Affordable Care Act. Therefore, competition for jobs in family practice is predicted to be less intense than in many other specialties. Overall competition in the medical field is tempered by the fact that it takes a long time – usually twelve to sixteen years – for aspiring doctors to complete their education and enter into practice.
Employment prospects are projected to be best for family physicians that are willing to practice in rural and low-income areas, which typically have difficulty attracting physicians. Geographically, southern states are severely lacking and have a great need for family practitioners. Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas, Alabama, and Mississippi not only have low numbers of primary care doctors, but they have high rates of obesity, hypertension, and other chronic conditions related to heart disease. In short, opportunities for family physicians will be plentiful, as it is these practitioners who sustain wholeness and unity in medical care.
Supply of Family Practitioners
The Family Practitioner industry is not particularly concentrated in any state.
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