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Pathologist Job Outlook

There are currently an estimated 347,200 Pathologists in the United States. The Pathologist job market is expected to grow by 14.9% between 2014 and 2024.

Pathologist Employability Rating

A- Sokanu rates Pathologists with an A- employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 145,100 Pathologists. That number is based on 51,700 additional Pathologists, and the retirement of 93,500 existing Pathologists.

Demand for Pathologists

The job outlook and demand for pathologists is very positive. The wide scope of the field of pathology encompasses several sub-specialties and therefore consistently generates numerous employment opportunities. Any part of the human body can develop disease. The work of pathologists – studying, identifying, and understanding the causes and effects of disorders of cells, tissues, blood, and organs – is a foundation of medical diagnosis and treatment. Simply stated, demand for pathologists is as certain as the occurrence of disease. Jobs in the field expand further as the population ages and becomes more susceptible to illness.

Just as pathologists are called upon to investigate disease, they are also summoned to determine the cause of death. Currently, in the United States, the need for forensic pathologists is especially pronounced. According to the Wall Street Journal, the profound shortage of these specialists is delaying autopsies throughout the country. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) recommends that forensic pathologists perform a maximum of 250 to 350 autopsies annually, but this number is being exceeded as demand in the field far outweighs the supply of qualified practitioners.

Approximately half of the pathologists in the U.S. and Canada enter group practice. The remainder work in solo practice; in university medical schools and research facilities; in hospitals and independent diagnostic laboratories; and as coroners or medical examiners. Competition for university professorships in pathology is typically intense.

Supply of Pathologists

The Pathologist industry is concentrated in New York, California, and Texas.

Pathologist Job Market by State

State name Employed Pathologists
New York 43,540
California 21,850
Texas 19,870
Pennsylvania 17,460
Florida 16,930
Ohio 14,980
New Jersey 14,270
Illinois 13,830
Michigan 12,910
Georgia 10,600
Massachusetts 10,040
Maryland 9,560
North Carolina 9,040
Indiana 8,380
Virginia 7,450
Tennessee 5,440
Wisconsin 5,420
Alabama 5,300
Connecticut 5,220
Oregon 5,000
Washington 4,630
Arizona 4,340
Minnesota 3,980
Kentucky 3,470
Louisiana 3,410
Missouri 3,380
Kansas 3,300
Oklahoma 3,040
West Virginia 2,780
Rhode Island 2,580
Colorado 2,500
South Carolina 2,460
Arkansas 2,430
Maine 2,410
Iowa 2,100
District of Columbia 2,040
New Hampshire 2,030
Mississippi 2,010
New Mexico 1,670
Nebraska 1,630
Utah 1,520
Delaware 1,480
Nevada 1,370
Montana 1,200
Puerto Rico 1,000
Hawaii 1,000
Vermont 640
North Dakota 370
Wyoming 360
South Dakota 350
Alaska 280
Guam 60
Virgin Islands 30

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    • Georgetown University | Washington, DC
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