Which Physician Specialties Are Happiest?


By Emily Rappleye

A physician's specialty could heavily influence their level of happiness at work.

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.

Dermatology — 43 percent reported feeling very or extremely happy at work

Ophthalmology — 42 percent

Allergy and Immunology — 41 percent

Psychiatry and Mental Health — 37 percent

Pulmonary Medicine — 37 percent

Orthopedics — 37 percent

Pediatrics —36 percent

Pathology — 36 percent

Oncology — 36 percent

Gastroenterology — 35 percent

Surgery — 35 percent

Neurology — 34 percent

Otolaryngology — 34 percent

Anesthesiology — 33 percent

Radiology — 33 percent

Plastic Surgery — 32 percent

Obstetrics/Gynecology — 32 percent

Cardiology — 31 percent

Urology — 31 percent

Diabetes and Endocrinology — 31 percent

Infectious Disease — 31 percent

Critical Care — 30 percent

Family Medicine — 29 percent

Emergency Medicine — 28 percent

Internal Medicine — 28 percent

Nephrology — 24 percent

Rheumatology — 24 percent

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 percent) and at work (43 percent). Others, such as urologists, were much happier outside of work (76 percent) than at work (31 percent).


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