Understanding Millennial Physician Jobseekers

RPT_CoverPDFAccording to the Pew Research Center, members of the millennial generation were born between 1980 and 1997 and currently make up more than a third of the general workforce.* When we look at the physician workforce specifically, the vast majority (94%) of final-year residents and fellows are millennials, according to AMA data.†

With the continuing and rapid rise of millennials in the workforce, it is more imperative than ever to understand their preferences and behaviors when it comes to looking for a physician job. In an effort to equip physician recruiters with valuable new insights, the NEJM CareerCenter surveyed over 200 millennial physicians on their job-seeking behavior, including their preferred methods of communication, what drives their behavior and preferences, likes and dislikes of the job search processes, and much more. The following highlights some key findings from the study — look out for the full white paper to be released later this year.

Out of 2,640 physicians, 220 qualified and completed a 15-minute blinded online survey. Qualified respondents were born between the years 1981 and 1992. Slightly more than half, 115, were physicians currently in practice, and the remaining 105 were in their final-year of residency. The vast majority (73%) indicated that they were actively seeking employment to some degree, selecting aggressively looking or casually looking; 27% were classified under passive jobseekers who self-identified as not looking but curious, not looking, or thinking about a change.


Key Findings

People are your most valuable asset

Staff and leadership are the top choices when millennial physicians consider an employer. Excellent clinical support staff is more important to community physicians (87%) than academic ones (69%).



Online resources key for active millennial jobseekers
Actives will look at online job boards as their first step in the job search. They also chose trustworthiness as the most important factor when choosing a job board.


Optimize your employer page
When asked what steps they take in order to better understand potential employers, the vast majority of respondents indicated that they will check out an employer’s website. Jobseekers, consider your careers home page a key resource, so it is imperative to include relevant information and optimize for ease of use. Also of note, practicing physicians (35%) are more likely to use social media for this purpose than trainees (22%).


To receive a copy of the full white paper, contact your NEJM CareerCenter sales rep or ads@nejmcareercenter.org.

†AMA birth year data as of August 2019