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Highlights: doctors are most likely to make part-time work, then lawyers, then business (of the three categories of advanced degrees considered -- academic track doesn't make an appearance that I noticed), and by business, MBA which is to say management.

A variety of contributing factors are considered: lack of support/role-models in management for working reasonable hours, people marry within their field which compounds the problem, less commitment to the career (people know what a doctor is; what a manager is is far less clear), less money/fewer years commited to the advanced degree, etc.

Shockingly good analysis; I doubt you'll see much of this mentioned elsewhere.

ETA: _Someone_ followed up with the author for more details:



Aug. 28th, 2008 11:28 pm (UTC)
part-time doctors
There are a lot of salaried/temp positions in medical care (including MDs) that I don't think existed so much even a decade ago -- work for a clinic, hospital, agency, whatever. I think in those situations, you don't have to pay for the malpractice yourself, as in a private practice; it's paid for by the larger organization. I could imagine that making a big difference in terms of creating viable, flexible, fewer-hours jobs in health care.

I was _not_ surprised by the lawyer thing, because of all the lawyers in my in-laws extended family I've been hearing a fair amount about the increasing viability of part-time partner stuff.