There are currently an estimated 372,400 dermatologists in the United States. The dermatologist job market is expected to grow by 11.4% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are dermatologists?

CareerExplorer rates dermatologists with an A- employability rating, meaning this career should provide great employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 43,400 dermatologists. That number is based on 42,300 additional dermatologists, and the retirement of 1,100 existing dermatologists.

Are dermatologists in demand?

Dermatology is considered a quality of life field, meaning that demand for these doctors tends to exceed that in other sectors of the medical profession. The desire among both men and women to reduce the effects of aging and lead a healthier lifestyle should result in employment growth, especially in the sub-discipline of cosmetic dermatology. The rising rate of skin cancer and increasing public awareness and concern about this issue are likely to add to demand in the field. However, changes in coverage by health insurance companies that result in higher out-of-pocket costs for consumers may reduce demand – especially for elective cosmetic procedures – and exert a negative impact on employment prospects. Competition for jobs is expected to be robust, as more top medical students are choosing dermatology over other specialties, drawn by better pay and hours and increased autonomy. Supervisory, teaching, and research positions present advancement opportunities for dermatologists.

What’s the supply of dermatologists?

The dermatologist industry is concentrated in New York, California, Pennsylvania

Dermatologist job market by state

State Name Employed Dermatologists
New York 46,080
California 29,890
Pennsylvania 19,820
Texas 18,820
Florida 18,410
Michigan 16,370
New Jersey 14,520
Massachusetts 14,370
Ohio 13,990
Maryland 10,550
North Carolina 10,360
Illinois 10,270
Georgia 9,530
Indiana 9,530
Virginia 8,000
Washington 7,240
Wisconsin 6,670
Tennessee 6,420
Connecticut 6,060
Arizona 5,720
Alabama 5,390
Oregon 4,870
Missouri 4,440
Louisiana 4,340
Kansas 3,190
Kentucky 2,970
South Carolina 2,900
West Virginia 2,820
Oklahoma 2,800
Arkansas 2,750
Colorado 2,720
Iowa 2,620
Nevada 2,240
Rhode Island 2,220
Maine 2,080
Utah 2,010
District of Columbia 1,880
Nebraska 1,860
Mississippi 1,760
New Mexico 1,720
Delaware 1,670
New Hampshire 1,610
Hawaii 1,280
Puerto Rico 1,050
Vermont 1,020
Montana 930
Idaho 740
North Dakota 530
Alaska 500
Wyoming 490
South Dakota 460
Virgin Islands, U.S. 100
Guam 70