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Gerontology

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.

Degree Programs

Jobs

  • Human services 
  • Retirement community management 
  • Nursing home aides 
  • Health care management 
  • Rehabilitation services 
  • Mental health 
  • Counseling
  • Teaching
  • Research

Work Settings

  • Hospitals 
  • Retirement communities 
  • Nursing homes
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Senior centers

Career Outlook and Pay

Outlook

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 17% over the period from 2014-2024, 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.

Pay

According to Payscale, the average salary of a Gerontologist is $50,050.

Interests, Skills, and Values  

Service Orientation

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

Compassion

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 with a variety of abilities. They must be culturally sensitive. 

Active Listening

Gerontologists must listen carefully to understand the needs of older adults. 

Problem-solving Skills

Gerontologists offer practical and effective solutions to many problems faced by older adults.  

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