The news media frequently talks about an aging population, but it can often sound negative: increased healthcare costs, worker shortages, or a smaller population. But an aging population can present new opportunities to those who look for them, and according to a recent news article, more people in assisted living communities can be a good thing for everyone.
According to Forbes.com, with an aging population, new industries arise, and older industries begin to grow, creating more jobs and more opportunities.
“Despite the tight job market, health-related jobs in hospitals; clinics; nursing and residential care facilities; and home-centered services are growing,” the article states.
According to the news source, some of the fastest-growing fields thanks to an aging population include music specialists for Alzheimer’s and Dementia sufferers, social workers, nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists, fitness trainers, and many others.
“As tens of millions of people live into their 80s and 90s, we’ll need millions of others in their 50s and 60s and 70s to help care for them–not just within families, but through second careers,” Marc Freedman, an author on the topic of aging, told the media outlet.
He added that in addition to the many growing fields in healthcare, more jobs will be created in the future that don’t even exist yet.