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Growing Elderly Population Sparks Job Growth for Allied Health Degree Holders



By Catherine Groux
Posted December 02, 2011 07:08 AM

As the number of elderly citizens increases, there will be a great need for allied health professionals to help them.
As the number of elderly citizens increases, there will be a great need for allied health professionals to help them.
According to recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, there are currently record-breaking numbers of individuals ages 65 and older in the nation. Additionally, between 2000 and 2010, this older group saw the fastest total population growth.

In 2010, there were about 40.3 million people in the nation ages 65 and older, which marked an increase by 5.3 million since the year 2000. Last year, this group comprised 13% of the total population, compared to 12.4% in 2000.

This rising number of elderly individuals has led to an increased demand for professionals in a variety of allied health fields, which includes clinical healthcare professions outside of the dentistry, medicine and nursing industries.

For example, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that due in part to a growing elderly population, the number of jobs for medical assistants is expected to grow by about 34% in the next seven years. In order to land one of these positions, individuals may need to earn an associate's degree.

Additionally, the BLS states that the increasing number of elderly individuals will lead to more jobs for physical therapists. In the next seven years, positions for these professionals are expected to grow by about 30%. Individuals who wish to enter this field are required to hold at least a master's degree.

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