Demand for medical talent continued to grow in 2018, with job opportunities for doctors increasing significantly year-over-year in many large metro areas.
Job opportunities for physicians grew by 7 percent in 2018, outpacing the 5.1 percent growth seen in 2017, according to Doximity’s U.S. Physician Employment Report 2018. The data implies that the ongoing concern over physician shortages is starting to manifest, with the demand for qualified physicians outpacing the supply.
“Our data shows that physician shortages, as they happen, will likely initially present themselves as regional challenges,” the Doximity researchers wrote. “Smaller cities and rural communities will likely experience shortages of medical talent first, given that many doctors choose to practice in places where they complete their residency programs.”
The report by the medical social network is based on approximately 8,000 physician jobs posted on its site in 2017 and 2018. Doximity researchers analyzed data on 50 metro areas and 15 medical specialties based on the number of job postings on its network.
Read the full report here.