Here are six figures that offer insight into the demographics of the orthopedic workforce.
19,060: The total number of actively practicing orthopedic physicians in the U.S. (Note: This number does not include self-employed physicians.)
4,990: The number of orthopedic surgeons in California, the most of any state.
5: The number of states with fewer than 100 orthopedic surgeons: Idaho, New Mexico, Vermont, West Virginia and Wyoming.
5.9 percent: The percentage of the orthopedic workforce that is female. Orthopedics has the least female representation of all specialties.
83.6 percent: The percentage of orthopedic specialists who identify as white. Orthopedics was found to be the least racially diverse specialty.
97 percent: The percentage of orthopedic specialists who would choose orthopedics as their specialty if given a chance to restart their careers.