Since 2012, the ACR has deployed an annual survey to U.S. practice managers and leaders to assess employment and hiring patterns of radiology professionals. The 2021 ACR Commission on Human Resources survey fielded responses from more than 1,700 radiology decision-making, “rank and file,” and retired radiologists. Here are some of the key takeaways from the 2021 survey:
- There is an upward trend in the number of female radiologists and radiologists of color in radiology practice, particularly in the younger cohorts. The percentage of female radiologists is
greater among the youngest cohort (Figure 1), and more than half of radiologists of color are under age 46.
- Private practice is the dominant practice type across regions. Academic practices congregate in urban centers, while national practices operate primarily in the South, where their many locations and large practice sizes attenuate the strains of distance in low-population areas.
- Work-life flexibility is a common theme. When asked about whether they have worked remotely or would like to, and to click all answers that apply, most said their practices allow telework, while nearly 44% said they would like theirs to endorse it (Figure 2).
- Academic and national practices tend to be larger practice types. They are more well-resourced when it comes to staff and locations, and they provide work-life flexibility at greater rates than other practice types.
- Non-physician radiology provider (NPRP) incidence in radiology is low overall. Radiology practices at the median employ zero NPRPs, and practices of more than 100 employ the most non-radiologists in radiology practices. RTs make up most non-radiologists in radiology practices (Figure 3).
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