The Particulars: Many studies have explored burnout among oncologists practicing in the United States, but most of the recent data was released in the early 2000s. Data are also lacking on personal and professional characteristics related to burnout and career satisfaction among oncologists.
Data Breakdown: A survey of more than 1,000 oncologists found that 45% had at least one symptom of burnout, such as depersonalization or emotional exhaustion. However, the majority of respondents reported being satisfied with their career (83%) and specialty (80%) choices. The authors noted that both measures of career satisfaction were lower for private practice than for academic practice.
Take Home Pearl: Burnout appears to be common among oncologists, but most still appear to have high levels of career satisfaction.