A geriatrician is a physician with specialized knowledge in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders common to old age. The term geriatrics refers to the clinical aspects of aging and the comprehensive health care of older people. It is an area of medicine that focuses on health and disease in old age and is a growing medical specialty.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Prevent, diagnose, and treat or rehabilitate patients with disorders common to old age
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in areas of the U.S.—such as the Southwest and Gulf Coast—where a large number of senior citizens live
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Business Management
  • Interpersonal
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Medical Director or College Professor
  • Geriatrician
  • Resident

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