Help older adults lead healthier and happier lives. The rapidly growing field of gerontology is dedicated to helping older adults navigate physical, mental, emotional, and social changes that may accompany aging. Individuals interested in gerontology may work directly with older adults, create/lead programs or pursue careers in teaching or research.

  • Activities Director
  • Caseworker 
  • Community Outreach & Education Specialist
  • County Office on Aging Specialist
  • Educator (community college and university)
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Geriatric Care Manager 
  • Grief Counselor 
  • Home Health Provider
  • Long-Term Care Ombudsman 
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • Non-profit Manager 
  • Policy Advocate
  • Researcher
  • Social Services Director

  • Hospitals/Healthcare  
  • Independent Senior Housing 
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Senior Centers/Intergenerational Community Centers
  • Government (State, County, City)
  • Educational Institutions
  • Long-term Residential Care 
  • Hospice Agencies


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports job growth in several occupations related to gerontology. For instance, employment of medical and health service managers is projected to grow 9% over the period from 2022-2032, which is much faster than the average for all national occupations. Gerontology is the fastest growing domain of the healthcare industry with expected job growth in the fields of medicine, allied health care, long term care in facilities and private homes, and preventive health fields such as fitness and wellness, recreation, leisure, and retirement housing.


According to Payscale (2024) the average salary of a Gerontologist is $100,000.

Service Orientation

Gerontologists want to improve the lives of older individuals through research, programming, or direct care. 


Gerontologists frequently help older adults who are experiencing health and emotional issues. They must show empathy to develop strong relationships with older clients and their families. 

Interpersonal skills

Gerontologists should be able to work with people from a variety of different backgrounds and abilities in culturally appropriate manners. 

Active Listening

Gerontologists must listen carefully to understand the needs of older adults with varying levels of communication abilities. 

Problem-solving Skills

Gerontologists offer practical and effective solutions to a range of issues facing older adults and their families.  


Gerontologists empower older adults to speak up for themselves whenever possible and speak for those that can no longer advocate for themselves.