How the most in-demand medical specialties have changed in the past 5 years

Family medicine and psychiatry are two medical specialties highly sought in the U.S., while neurology has only just risen to the top of the list.

Here are the top five most in-demand specialties from the past five years, according to data from Merritt Hawkins and Doximity:

2021
Neurology
Psychiatry
Gastroenterology
Hematology/Oncology
Dermatology

2020
Family medicine
Internal medicine
Emergency medicine
Psychiatry
Obstetrics and gynecology

2019
Family medicine
Psychiatry
Obstetrics and gynecology
Internal medicine
Radiology

2018
Family medicine
Internal medicine
Emergency medicine
Psychiatry
Obstetrics and gynecology

2017
Family medicine
Psychiatry
Internal medicine
Nurse practitioner
Obstetrics and gynecology

2016
Family medicine
Psychiatry
Internal medicine
Hospitalists
Nurse practitioners

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