They are “frustrated” by Liability and Lifestyle Issues, only 7% them are truly happy—although 70% would do it all over again if they had the chance (more than most other doctors). And only 25% of them make more than $400K a year and 40% have to struggle by on less than $300K.
But pretty clearly these are the good old days for radiologists. Methinks that if they don’t like it now, the average radiologist may be in for a rude shock in the next decade or two, as technology will make their skills increasingly exportable to other cheaper radiologists abroad and replaceable by computers reading images. Of course, they’ll not be quiet in defending their lucrative turf, and demand for imaging will just keep going up, so their future isn’t quite that of the steel worker in the 1980s.
But this is one place to watch in the coming years.