Specialty spotlight

These 15 medical specialties are most in demand right now

Employers are most in need of family physicians and internal medicine doctors, according to a new Doximity report. See which other specialties are also in high demand.


When becoming a physician, selecting a medical specialty is one of the biggest decisions to make. Some specialties and subspecialties are more in-demand than others.

According to a 2018 Doximity report, family medicine and internal medicine top the list of specialties that are most in demand by employers. Doximity examined its job postings from 2017 to create the list.

Check out the full list of the most in-demand specialties to see if your desired choice made the cut.

  1. Family medicine
  2. Internal medicine
  3. Emergency medicine
  4. Psychiatry
  5. Obstetrics & gynecology
  6. Neurology
  7. Radiology
  8. Gastroenterology
  9. Geriatrics
  10. Pediatrics
  11. Anesthesiology
  12. Urology
  13. General surgery
  14. Orthopedic surgery
  15. Pulmonology

The report is based on data gathered from 50 metropolitan statistical areas and 15 medical specialties according to the number of job postings on the Doximity network in 2017. The study analyzed data on approximately 8,000 physician jobs posted on Doximity in 2017 and 2018.

Read the full report here.

Further reading

The 10 cities where doctors are most in demand

Choosing the right medical specialty when you’re conflicted

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