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Geriatric Careers That Are On the Rise

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Baby Boomers are getting older while life expectancies are increasing every year. It’s a perfect recipe for an explosion in demand, one that will cause elderly care specialists’ stock to soar. So if you haven’t already considered a career in geriatrics, now is a great time to start.

Here are four geriatric career paths worth considering, according to ExploreHealthCareers. And as always, once you’re done reading, visit HealthCareerCenter.com to find the best job opportunities with top employers in your area.

 

Geriatric Staff Nurse

Average yearly salary: $65,000

Elderly people have complex needs that span the entire continuum of medicine, from preventative care to physical therapy and behavioral health. Geriatric nurses oversee the full extent of these needs, with the goal of helping their patients remain active and independent long into their old age.

But even as a growing number of patients reach geriatric age, less than one percent of RNs are certified in geriatrics. That makes geriatric nursing a prime specialty for nurses who not only want to make a real difference in patients’ lives, but also enjoy an extremely favorable job market.

 

Geriatric Pharmacist

Average yearly salary: $120,000

The older patients get, the more challenging managing medication becomes. On average, a typical elderly patient takes multiple types of medicine each day for common health issues like hypertension, diabetes, general pain and more. And as each new medication is added to the equation, the risk of adverse reactions multiplies.

Geriatric pharmacists work to help prevent such reactions, which cause more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. In some cases, geriatric pharmacists don’t even dispense medicine themselves—instead, they work as consultants at assisted living or hospital facilities, which are growing in number to keep up with the elderly population.

 

Geriatric Psychiatrist

Average yearly salary: $155,000

Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are a few of the more commonly known health issues facing geriatric patients. But they often overshadow other diseases like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder and substance abuse that become more prevalent as people reach advanced age.

The emerging awareness of these mental health issues, combined with American hospitals’ growing focus on holistic care and behavioral medicine, add up to a sunny job outlook for geriatric psychiatry over the next 20 years.

 

Geriatrician

Average yearly salary: $180,000

Geriatricians are specially trained to supervise health needs and administer treatment for older people. They often combine the responsibilities of the positions listed above, using their in-depth knowledge of each patient to monitor chronic diseases, acute illnesses, treatment courses, medicine intake and much more.

Geriatricians enjoy a wide range of options when it comes to working conditions, with readily available openings at hospitals, private practices and long-term care facilities. Between the strong job outlook and high average salary, the field is a smart bet for geriatric healthcare professionals who want to take their careers to the next level.

 

 

 

 

The information in this article originally appeared on ExploreHealthCareers.org.