The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment for all physicians will grow faster than the average for all occupations through 2020. The outlook should be even better for those working in geriatric medicine. The DOL predicts that employment for physicians who work with the elderly will grow by almost 66 percent through 2020, or much faster than the average for all careers. The number of Americans 65 and older 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. 

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