Gender and the radiology workforce: results of the 2014 ACR workforce survey

J Am Coll Radiol. 2015 Feb;12(2):155-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2014.07.040.


Purpose: As part of the 2014 ACR Human Resources Commission Workforce Survey, an assessment of the gender of the U.S. radiologist workforce was undertaken. Radiologist gender in relation to type of practice, work location, leadership roles, and full- versus part-time employment have not previously been assessed by this survey.

Methods: The survey was completed by group leaders in radiology identified through the Practice of Radiology Environment Database.

Results: The response rate to the survey was 22%, representing 35% of all practicing radiologists. The survey found that 78% of the radiology workforce is male, and 22% female. Among the men, 58% work in private practice, and 18% in the academic/university environment; among women, percentages were 43% and 31%, respectively. Of all physician leads, 85% are men, 15% women. Of the full-time radiologists, 15% of men are practice leaders compared with 11% of women.

Conclusions: Fewer women than men are in private practice. More women than men practice in academic/university environments. Among part-time radiologists, there are more men than women, but significantly more women work part time than men. Women are in the minority among practice leaders.

Keywords: Gender analysis employment; radiologist employment by gender; radiologist workforce.

MeSH terms

  • Data Collection
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Health Workforce / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personnel Selection / statistics & numerical data*
  • Physicians, Women / statistics & numerical data*
  • Radiology / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sex Distribution
  • United States