There are many job opportunities in digital pathology. Some worry that artificial intelligence will replace or displace pathologists. However, that seems to be a concern for the future. For now, there are many digital pathology jobs and a greater need for pathologists. Not convinced?
The American Cancer Society says there will be an estimate of 1.9 million cancer cases diagnosed this year alone in their 2022 facts and figures research. Pathologists are behind-the-scenes heroes critical in the fight against cancer. They are the ones who interpret key information about patient cells to make a cancer diagnosis. They also provide valuable insights for physicians to help them determine the best treatment plans for their patients.
According to a Fierce Healthcare article: “the number of U.S. pathologists decreased by nearly 18% between 2007 and 2017. During that time, the ‘diagnostic workload per pathologist’ rose by almost 42%.” On top of that, a recent Medscape survey found that one-third of pathologists report job burnout, and many more are on the road to retirement. Fierce Healthcare says that “by the end of the next decade, the United States will be short by more than 5,700 pathologists.”
If you are currently unemployed or want something different, here are the top 5 websites to find jobs in digital pathology:
LinkedIn is a great place to interact with industry professionals and showcase your skills and experience in numerous ways. Many recruiters research and recruit candidates from the website. It is basically a professional CV, so keeping it up to date will be a big help as you apply for digital pathology jobs. Regardless of whether or not you apply on LinkedIn, many hiring managers will still search for you on the platform to get more information about you. You can also use LinkedIn to research companies you are interested in and the type of people that work there.
Indeed is one of the largest websites for companies to advertise jobs. It has more than 200 million resumes in its database. As a widely used platform, you will easily be able to find many job openings applicable to your experience. Indeed makes it easy to upload and submit a resume. Upload your resume once and apply for jobs with a single click. It also has tests you can take to prove skills. You can also sign up for email alerts for any new jobs that match what you are looking for.
ZipRecruiter is similar to Indeed, but employers have to pay to post jobs, which may mean they are more invested in finding the right candidate quicker than employers that post on free platforms. The hiring process may move faster because of this. There are also only 32 million resumes in its database, which may mean less competition for digital pathology jobs.
Glassdoor is one of the best places for a job seeker to research and review companies. Since burnout is a common problem in pathology right now, do your research on Glassdoor to see what employees are saying about their companies. Their headline is “you deserve a job that loves you back.” You can also sign up for email notifications so that Glassdoor effectively job hunts for you.
SimplyHired promotes job postings in multiple locations. They have the fewest job postings out of all the websites on this list. However, it is an up-and-coming website. It is worth the effort to check and see if there are any good jobs.
There are many digital pathology jobs available in the market today. However, job openings do not solve the rapid decrease in pathologists around the world. The future of digital pathology may bring many surprises, but for now we ask: what can we do to encourage more young people to go into the field?
A recent study about why medical students do not choose pathology states that less than 10% of medical students worldwide choose to study pathology. One of the main reasons students chose a different career path rather than a job in pathology was they want interaction with patients.
In a journal article by Dr. Ian Harrold and Dr. Nicole Williams they address the declining pathology residency rate. Many medical students they interviewed stated they were unaware of pathology before entering medical school.
“Our study shows that medical students have minimal exposure to pathology during their undergraduate medical education and do not have a clear idea of what careers in pathology entail. Giving students early and extra exposure to pathology increases the overall interest of pathology as a career. While this study is small, it is an initial step towards developing methods to increase interest in pathology.”