Context.—

As pathologists retire and leave the field, it is critical to accurately capture employment trends for new-in-practice pathologists. There is always interest in the job market for newly graduated pathology trainees and prospective pathology trainees, but it is unclear how the COVID-19 pandemic may have affected the job search experience.

Objective.—

To provide an update on trends gleaned from a survey of pathology graduates’ job search experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design.—

We analyzed data from an annual job search survey sent by the College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee between 2020 and 2022 to College of American Pathologists junior members and fellows in practice 3 years or less actively looking for a nonfellowship position. Various indicators of the job search experience were compared year to year and with the data previously published 2017 to 2019 and 2012 to 2016.

Results.—

Analysis revealed continued positive trends between the 2020 to 2022 data and the data from 2017 to 2019 and 2012 to 2016. This includes continued ease in finding positions, continued availability of jobs in the subspecialty of choice, continued satisfaction with the positions accepted, and, notably, higher starting salaries.

Conclusions.—

Despite the many challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, job market trends for newly graduated pathology trainees continue to be favorable with respect to multiple indicators compared with 2 prior periods, 2017 to 2019 and 2012 to 2016.

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Competing Interests

The authors have no relevant financial interest in the products or companies described in this article.

Author notes

All authors are current or past members of the College of American Pathologists Graduate Medical Education Committee, except Lofgreen and Johnson who are employees of the College of American Pathologists.

The opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and are not necessarily representative of the official policy of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), the Department of Defense (DOD), the United States Army/Navy/Air Force, or the U.S. Government.