20 most in-demand medical specialties in 2017 & average income

Family physicians are the most requested type of medical professional for the 11th consecutive year, according to physician search firm Merritt Hawkins.

The firm's "2017 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives," which is based on 3,287 search assignments conducted from April 2016 through March 2017, demonstrates primary care providers, including advanced practitioners, are in greater demand as the population grows and the healthcare system shifts to one more focused on preventive care and wellness.

Here are the top 20 most-requested medical specialties over the past year ranked by number of requests, as well as the average base salary offered, according to Merritt Hawkins data.

  1. Family medicine — $231,000
  2. Psychiatry — $263,000
  3. Internal medicine — $257,000
  4. Nurse practitioner — $123,000
  5. Obstetrician/gynecologist — $335,000
  6. Hospitalist — $264,000
  7. Emergency medicine — $349,000
  8. Physician assistant — $120,000
  9. Dermatology — $421,000
  10. Radiology — $436,000
  11. Pediatrics — $240,000
  12. Urgent care — $219,000
  13. Gastroenterology — $492,000
  14. Pulmonology — $390,000
  15. Cardiology — $428,000 for non-invasive and $563,000 for invasive
  16. Orthopedic surgery — $579,000
  17. Neurology — $305,000
  18. General surgery — $411,000
  19. Anesthesiology — $376,000
  20. Otolaryngology — $468,000

 

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