Characteristics of musculoskeletal radiology job postings to guide radiology trainees

Michael Nellamattathil, Jonathan Flug, Jason C. Hoffmann, Stan Weiss, Ian Amber

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Objective: To review current musculoskeletal (MSK) job market postings to define the listed requirements for practice in order to provide insight to guide residents pursuing fellowship training in MSK radiology to best meet the needs of potential future employers. Methods: Utilizing the ACR (American College of Radiology) Career Center, a review of the ACR job postings began 6/1/2018 focusing on jobs labeled as musculoskeletal (MSK) subspecialty. E-mail notifications from the career center were reviewed, and jobs were tracked prospectively for 1 year. Data was collected regarding the number of positions, the location, the practice type, and required skills both within musculoskeletal radiology and within the remainder of the radiology subspecialties. Results: 456 postings met the inclusion criteria. Approximately 19% were for a dedicated MSK radiologist, 25% sought a combination of MSK and a general skill set, and 56% were specifically for a general radiologist position. Approximately 29% of jobs require some combination of mammography and/or light interventional radiology (IR). Discussion: Our results indicate that majority of job postings for musculoskeletal radiology require a practice that is not specifically limited to MSK, mirroring trends in other radiology subspecialties. Radiology trainees and program directors should be aware of the needs being demanded by the job market to help guide trainees to individualize their training to best meet the needs of their future employment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-57
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - May 2020


  • Employment
  • Hiring
  • Job market
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Workforce

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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