Distribution of physicians in the U.S. by specialty and age 2017

The statistic displays the distribution of active physicians in the United States in 2017, based on specialty and age group. Over 71 percent of physicians specializing in pain medicine and pain management were under 55 years of age.

Distribution of active physicians in the U.S. in 2017, by specialty and age

Under age 55Age 55 and older
All specialties55.9%44.1%
Allergy & immunology48.4%51.6%
Anatomic/clinical pathology34.3%65.7%
Anesthesiology48.3%51.7%
Cardiovascular disease39.1%60.9%
Child & adolescent psychiatry56.5%43.5%
Critical care medicine81.5%18.5%
Dermatology55.8%44.2%
Emergency medicine65.2%34.8%
Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism58.1%41.9%
Family medicine/general practice54.3%45.7%
Gastroenterology51.1%48.9%
General surgery53.6%46.4%
Geriatric medicine67%33%
Hematology & oncology57.1%42.9%
Infectious disease60.3%39.7%
Internal medicine55.8%44.2%
Internal medicine/pediatrics90.8%9.2%
Interventional cardiology88.4%11.6%
Neonatal-perinatal medicine55.8%44.2%
Nephrology64.2%35.8%
Neurological surgery55%45%
Neurology45.4%54.6%
Neuroradiology79.4%20.6%
Obstetrics & gynecology56.5%43.5%
Ophthalmology50%50%
Orthopedic surgery44.5%55.5%
Otolaryngology53%47%
Pain medicine & pain management71.1%28.9%
Pediatric cardiology65.9%34.1%
Pediatric hematology/oncology70.7%29.3%
Pediatrics57.8%42.2%
Physical medicine & rehabilitation56.1%43.9%
Plastic surgery47%53%
Preventive medicine30.8%69.2%
Psychiatry38.7%61.3%
Pulmonary disease11.2%88.8%
Radiation oncology54.9%45.1%
Radiology & diagnostic radiology48.4%51.6%
Rheumatology54.2%45.8%
Sports medicine (orthopedic surgery)85.1%14.9%
Thoracic surgery41.9%58.1%
Urology49.9%50.1%
Vascular & interventional radiology82%18%
Vascular surgery58.3%41.7%
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Sources

Release date

April 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Supplementary notes

* Date released represents the date figures were accessed.

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