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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for all physicians will grow much faster than the average for all occupations through 2018. The outlook should be even better for those working in geriatric medicine. Today, approximately 35 million Americans are age 65 or older. This number is expected to increase to 70 million by 2030 and to 82 million by 2050. As the large generation of baby boomers ages, more physicians will be needed to treat their specific needs. Only a small number of physicians each year decide to work in geriatrics. This small number of incoming specialists means the field will continue to offer numerous employment opportunities. The outlook for geriatricians should remain faster than the average for some time to come.
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