New Resource Provides Snapshot of Oncology Workforce in the United States

August 27, 2020

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released its 2020 Workforce Information Systems (WIS) report, which assembles the latest available data on oncologist supply and demand in the United States to provide a close look at a critical segment of the workforce who care for people with cancer.

Since the release of its 2007 study, “Future Supply and Demand for Oncologists : Challenges to Assuring Access to Oncology Services,” ASCO has regularly monitored and assessed the workforce available to diagnose, treat, and care for people with cancer. This activity will only grow in importance as the demand for cancer care services continues to increase.

The WIS is accompanied by an infographic, entitled, “2020 Snapshot: State of the Oncology Workforce in America,” which serves as a quick reference to the most relevant figures from the report, including the total number of oncologists and oncology practices in the United States, the age distribution of practicing oncologists, and the diversity of the existing workforce. The 2020 Snapshot was published in JCO: Oncology Practice as part of the State of Cancer Care in America series.

This year’s infographic includes a special focus on the oncology workforce in rural America. Data from this section comes from the recently published, “Closing the Rural Cancer Care Gap: Three Institutional Approaches.” Highlights include:

  • 66% of rural counties have no oncologist
  • Urban counties have 20 times more oncologists per square mile than rural counties
  • 10% of U.S. oncologists work in just three urban counties.

Read the full Workforce Information System report and view the 2020 Snapshot.