The Happiest Specialties in Healthcare

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If you’re a physician, your specialty could have a big impact on your happiness both on and off of the job.

A physician’s specialty could heavily influence their level of happiness at work, according to Medscape’s Lifestyle Report 2017. Of the more than 14,000 physicians surveyed, some specialties reported notably higher rates of feeling very or extremely happy at work.

Here is how the specialties rank on happiness at work, according to the Medscape survey.

Dermatology — 43% reported feeling very or extremely happy at work
Ophthalmology — 42%
Allergy and Immunology — 41%
Psychiatry and Mental Health — 37%
Pulmonary Medicine — 37%
Orthopedics — 37%
Pediatrics —36%
Pathology — 36%
Oncology — 36%
Gastroenterology — 35%
Surgery — 35%
Neurology — 34%
Otolaryngology — 34%
Anesthesiology — 33%
Radiology — 33%
Plastic Surgery — 32%
Obstetrics/Gynecology — 32%
Cardiology — 31%
Urology — 31%
Diabetes and Endocrinology — 31%
Infectious Disease — 31%
Critical Care — 30%
Family Medicine — 29%
Emergency Medicine — 28%
Internal Medicine — 28%
Nephrology — 24%
Rheumatology — 24%

Though all groups were happier outside of work than at work, some groups appear to be happier in general, such as dermatologists, who report feeling happy outside of work (74%) and at work (43%). Others, such as urologists, were much happier outside of work (76%) than at work (31%).

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