A study of 367 employment opportunities for orthopaedic surgeons found that 75 percent of the opportunities did not require fellowship training. Fellowship training in the spine was in most demand, 8.99 percent; followed by hand, 4.9 percent; and sports medicine training, 3.54 percent.
Based on the data from the Academy's Job Placement Service, 79 percent of the opportunities required an interest in general orthopaedics; 35 percent, spine; 31 percent, sports medicine; 24 percent, hand; 24 percent, arthroscopy; 22 percent, total joint; 22 percent, foot and ankle; and 20 percent trauma.
A review of the 485 applications for opportunities found that 25 percent had fellowship training or were practicing in sports medicine; 13.4 percent, spine; 10.6 percent, hand; and 8.7 percent, total joint. About 24 percent of the applicants had no fellowship training.
The study found that most of the employment opportunities were in Florida, 10 percent; California, 7 percent; and Illinois, 7 percent. The most desired locations listed by the applicants were North Carolina, 32 percent; Colorado, 31 percent; and California, 28 percent.