The 2017 ACR Commission on Human Resources Workforce Survey

J Am Coll Radiol. 2017 Dec;14(12):1613-1619. doi: 10.1016/j.jacr.2017.06.012. Epub 2017 Jul 29.


Purpose: The ACR Commission on Human Resources conducts an annual workforce survey to determine the makeup of the radiology workforce and to identify potential plans for hiring new staff in an attempt to understand our profession better.

Methods: The Practice of Radiology Environment Database group leaders were asked to complete an electronic survey regarding the makeup of their present workforce by subspecialty, as well as the numbers and types of subspecialists hired in 2016 and the numbers and types of subspecialists expected to be hired in 2017 and 2020. They were also asked about midlevel practitioners.

Results: Twenty-six percent of practice leaders (477) representing 11,056 radiologists, 33% of all practicing radiologists in the United States, responded to the survey. The workforce distribution by practice type and radiologists' ages has been relatively stable since 2012. Six percent of the practicing workforce is over the age of 65 years. Sixteen percent of radiologists work part-time, and 21.5% of radiologists are female. The survey results indicate that 1,569 to 2,037 radiologists were hired in 2016. In 2017, 1,826 to 2,370 new job opportunities are anticipated, a 14.1% increase compared with 2016. For 2017, the subspecialists most recruited will be neuroradiologists, general interventionalists, after-hours radiologists, and body imagers. Approximately 2,156 midlevel practitioners are presently working and supervised by radiologists.

Conclusions: The 2017 ACR workforce study shows an optimistic picture and outlook for those seeking jobs as practicing radiologists in 2017. For practice leaders, the market will be much more competitive than it has been in past years.

Keywords: Jobs for radiologists; age distribution of radiologists; part-time radiologists; radiologist workforce; retired radiologists.

MeSH terms

  • Employment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Job Description
  • Personnel Selection / statistics & numerical data
  • Personnel Staffing and Scheduling / statistics & numerical data
  • Radiologists / supply & distribution*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States