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Employment of physicians overall is expected to grow faster than the average through 2028, according to the Department of Labor. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians will have good employment opportunities in the years to come. A primary factor in this job growth is that the aging population is growing. As more people are living longer, demand will increase for physiatrists to treat conditions such as heart attacks, strokes, hip fractures, knee osteoarthritis, and mobility-related injuries. Also contributing to employment growth for physiatrists is the widespread availability of medical insurance, through both private plans and public programs. Competition for jobs will be keen. Physiatrists who have completed a residency program, are certified in specialized areas, have prior work experience, and are willing to relocate will have the best job prospects.

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