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Employment Prospects


The U.S. Department of Labor reports as of May 2015, there are 322,740 physicians and surgeons employed in the United States, of which approximately 29,649 are cardiologists. Cardiologists are employed in a wide variety of healthcare settings, including hospitals, office-based multispecialty group practices, office-based single-specialty group practices, healthcare organizations, outpatient clinics, and academic (nonhospital) research, military, and government institutions. Some are self-employed in their own practice or group practice. In the past, many physicians, including cardiologists, went into business for themselves, either by starting their own practice or by becoming a partner in an existing one. However, the costs of starting a medical practice or buying into an existing medical practice are too high. Beginning in 2005 more than 50 percent of all physicians worked as salaried employees for hospitals rather than in solo or group practices, and two recently published research surveys of the sectoral employment of cardiologists illustrate that this particular employment trend has been continuing over the last decade. Hospitals have also been motivated recently to recruit more doctors so that they can take advantage of incentives offered by the Affordable Care Act. 

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