Membership & Fellowship: How Does “Physician” Rate Among the Best Jobs of 2015?

The yearly rankings of the best jobs of 2015 compiled by U.S. News have been released, and “physician” comes in at number four. U.S. News bases their rankings on seven component measures, including growth potential, median salary, job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.

The physician job ranks especially highly in job growth and median salary. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that employment for physicians and surgeons will jump nearly 18 percent from 2012 to 2022, which translates to about 123,300 job openings. A physician’s average salary varies. In 2013, a general internist made a median salary of $186,850, according to the BLS. 

Ob-gyns earn a higher salary overall. The BLS reports that in 2014, ob-gyns’ mean annual wage was $214,750. In the same year, ob-gyns also made more than both general physicians, who made an average salary of $190,530, and pediatricians, who made $175,400. Surgeons, however, made a higher average salary of $240,440. The BLS predicts steady growth for the ob-gyn profession, forecasting 14.4 percent growth between 2012 and 2022, which should translate into about 3,400 new job openings. To see over 500 fresh ob-gyn job openings, visit ACOG’s Career Connection job board.

See comments in U.S. News from Robert M. Wah, MD, FACOG, immediate past president of the American Medical Association and a board-certified ob-gyn on the general physician job market.

See comments in U.S. News from Mark S. DeFrancesco, MD, FACOG, president of ACOG on the ob-gyn job market.

Looking for a new career opportunity in ob-gyn? Use the source that ob-gyns rely on most: ACOG Career Connection


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