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|
|District of Columbia||1,880|
|Virgin Islands, U.S.||100|