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The wide-ranging skills and knowledge of the surgeon will always be in demand, whether or not the surgeon has a subspecialty. According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment for physician and surgeons is expected to grow by 14 percent, much faster than the average for all occupations, through 2024. Many industry experts are now predicting a shortage of general surgeons in the coming years as more students enter nonsurgical specialties, such as anesthesiology and radiology, which require less intensive training. Also, more surgeons will be required to meet medical needs of the growing and aging population. Those who specialize in such areas as cardiology and radiology will be in demand as the older population has increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

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