Background: The ACR Commission on Human Resources conducts an annual electronic survey during the first quarter of the year to better understand the present workforce scenario for radiologists and allied health professionals.
Methods: The Practice of Radiology Environment Database is used to identify group leaders who are asked to complete an electronic survey developed by the Commission on Human Resources. The survey asked 1,936 group leaders or their designates to report the number of radiologists currently employed or supervised, the number hired in 2013, and the number they plan to hire in 2014 and 2017. The leaders were asked to report the subspecialty area that was used as the main reason for hiring each physician.
Results: The 22% response rate corresponds to 35% of all practicing radiologists in the United States. The 2014 survey demonstrated that 78% of the workforce is male and 22% is female and that 87% of the workforce works full time. Fifty-three percent of the current workforce is in private practice and 47% in varying forms of employment. The current workforce consists of 18% general radiologists and 82% subspecialists. In 2013, 1,069 radiologists were hired. In 2014, 1,114 job opportunities are projected, and 1,131 estimated jobs are forecast for 2017.
Conclusions: Job opportunities for radiologists in 2014 remain similar to those in 2013 and close to the numbers of residents completing training programs in diagnostic radiology. Job opportunities remain available but may not necessarily be in the subspecialty, geographic area, or type of practice an individual most desires.
Keywords: Employment; jobs; radiologist employment; radiologist workforce.
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