The demand for physicians in the U.S. surged in 2018, with a 7% increase in job openings, according to a report from Doximity, the medical social network.  In fact, the demand seems to be outpacing the available supply of providers.  According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S.-based provider shortage is expected to grow to 120,000 physicians by the year 2030.

Some key geographic findings from the study include:

  • The top 5 metros where doctors are most in demand are: Tucson, Los Angeles, Chicago, Little Rock and Baltimore
  • The top 5 specialties most in demand are: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Psychiatry, Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • The top 5 metros where Nurse Practitioners are most in demand: Fresno, New Orleans, Fayetteville, Albany and Baltimore

For a more in-depth look at the trends and implications of a growing shortage of provider-specialists, see here.

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