1 in 5 physicians has considered quitting their current job, survey finds

The Medscape Physician Nonclinical Careers Report 2021 published Oct. 8 found one in five physicians has considered leaving their current job to pursue nonclinical careers. 

Researchers surveyed more than 2,500 physicians across the U.S. for the annual report. 

Key takeaways: 

  • Fifty-eight percent of those wanting to change career paths said they planned to make the change within three years. 

  • Eight in 10 looking for a career change are actively exploring other options, with 53 percent looking online.

  • Education was the top field surveyed physicians are looking to switch to (42 percent). 

  • Thirty-four percent cited general burnout as the top reason for wanting to switch jobs, while 7 percent cited burnout from the pandemic.

  • Twenty percent cited wanting to work fewer hours. 

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