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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 Florida.

Pathologist Job Market by State

State name Employed Pathologists
New York 44,870
California 25,300
Florida 19,770
Texas 18,860
Pennsylvania 18,440
Ohio 14,550
New Jersey 13,670
Michigan 13,520
Illinois 12,160
Massachusetts 11,270
North Carolina 10,740
Maryland 10,090
Georgia 9,460
Indiana 8,990
Virginia 7,360
Washington 6,480
Tennessee 6,220
Wisconsin 5,580
Oregon 5,570
Alabama 5,350
Connecticut 5,320
Arizona 5,030
Missouri 4,320
Kansas 4,170
Minnesota 3,980
Louisiana 3,560
Kentucky 3,550
South Carolina 3,020
West Virginia 2,990
Oklahoma 2,670
Iowa 2,600
Arkansas 2,560
Colorado 2,530
District of Columbia 2,150
Maine 2,040
Rhode Island 2,020
Mississippi 1,920
Utah 1,850
New Hampshire 1,820
New Mexico 1,700
Nebraska 1,680
Nevada 1,630
Delaware 1,530
Hawaii 1,120
Montana 1,110
Puerto Rico 1,020
Vermont 1,010
Idaho 960
South Dakota 410
North Dakota 400
Wyoming 380
Alaska 350
Virgin Islands 90
Guam 60

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