Which physician specialties are happiest?

A physician's specialty could heavily influence their level of happiness at work, according to Medscape's Lifestyle Report 2017.

Of the more than 14,000 physicians surveyed, some specialties reported notably higher rates of feeling very or extremely happy at work.

Here is how the specialties rank on happiness at work, according to the Medscape survey.

Dermatology — 43 percent reported feeling very or extremely happy at work
Ophthalmology — 42 percent
Allergy and Immunology — 41 percent
Psychiatry and Mental Health — 37 percent
Pulmonary Medicine — 37 percent
Orthopedics — 37 percent
Pediatrics —36 percent
Pathology — 36 percent
Oncology — 36 percent
Gastroenterology — 35 percent
Surgery — 35 percent
Neurology — 34 percent
Otolaryngology — 34 percent
Anesthesiology — 33 percent
Radiology — 33 percent
Plastic Surgery — 32 percent
Obstetrics/Gynecology — 32 percent
Cardiology — 31 percent
Urology — 31 percent
Diabetes and Endocrinology — 31 percent
Infectious Disease — 31 percent
Critical Care — 30 percent
Family Medicine — 29 percent
Emergency Medicine — 28 percent
Internal Medicine — 28 percent
Nephrology — 24 percent
Rheumatology — 24 percent

Though all groups were happier outside of work than at work, some groups appear to be happier in general, such as dermatologists, who report feeling happy outside of work (74 percent) and at work (43 percent). Others, such as urologists, were much happier outside of work (76 percent) than at work (31 percent).

 

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