Anyone else notice the uptick in jobs on pathoutlines? Just looking back over the last month, there's been over 80 new job postings. This rate of job openings seems to go back about 2 months.
At that pace there would be around 1000 new jobs this year, way more than the number of graduating residents/fellows. And this is not counting all the jobs that aren't being posted. Is it a positive sign?
In the last couple of weeks, pathoutlines has started posting data about the number of job advertisements active on the site. The data run from Jan. 1, 2019 through today. The graph (from pathoutlines) is below:
It looks to me like
1) The pathology job market is seasonal, with a peak in January
2) Before COVID, 2020 started off stronger than 2019. On January 1 2020, there were 500 jobs advertised, as opposed to 400 last January.
3) When COVID hit, 2020 not only lost the increased momentum, but became slightly worse than 2019. In May, June, and July 2020, there were about 20 fewer jobs open than at the same time the previous year.
These are just my vague observations. The data aren't going to be perfect; the number of jobs advertised on pathoutlines also depends on how likely employers are to advertise their positions on pathoutlines. Also, I know that at least one of the ads that is active has been posted for several months, and that the group has decided to hold off indefinitely on hiring.
So I'm curious how these trends line up with what actual pathologists are experiencing.
PS--I myself am not a pathologist; I'm a scientist. I keep an eye on the pathology job market because my husband is a pathologist, and at any given time I like to know the odds that his career will require us to leave the desirable coastal city where I have stable employment, and move somewhere populated largely by moose. Right now they seem pretty high...