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ACD Biomedical Workforce Working Group Data

Industrial Research

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Note about how MDs & MD/PhDs are defined in this workforce box:

Physicians working in "Industrial Research" could be classified as working in "Other Activity" as categorized by the AMA Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the US, 2012 Edition.

Other Activity includes physicians employed by insurance carriers, pharmaceutical companies, corporations, voluntary organizations, medical societies, associations, grants, foreign countries, and the like.


  • Estimate of total physicians in the workforce from AMA: Total MDs, Ages <35-65 = 727,525
  • Estimate of total physicians from combined sources identified by the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director BMW: 827,658
  • There is a significant data gap for the MDs and MD/PhDs in Industrial Research Occupations between the ages of <35-65.