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Most experts agree that experienced research and development professionals should have plenty of career opportunities with pharma/biotech companies in the coming years. More illnesses are being treated with drug therapy, particularly among elderly patients. As the average age of the population increases, pharmaceutical sales will increase, allowing companies to spend more on research and development. There are also record numbers of drugs being developed for mental health disabilities. Many drug companies will also be focusing on gene therapy and ethnobotany (the study of medicinal plants). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent between 2012 and 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.