Gerontologists specialize in working with the elderly. Some have degrees in gerontology and others enter the field after receiving training in nursing, sociology, psychology or a related human services profession, usually having completed additional formal training such as a certificate in aging studies.
• provide services to those in nursing homes or similar facilities.
• plan and conduct programs at senior citizen centers or within a community.
• research the aging process and related issues concerning the elderly.
• educate and counsel the elderly and their families.
• teach at colleges and universities.
• inform others through presentations, publications or other forms of outreach.
• advise business, industry and labor about older workers and consumers.
Gerontologists may work in nursing homes, senior citizen centers, hospitals, clinics or public health offices, along with occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians or others interested in improving the quality of life for the elderly
Average Salary Range
$23,000 – $52,000
Those interested in a career in gerontology should take well-rounded, challenging high school course work, including science, math and English. Depending on career aspirations, students can earn a certificate, an associate’s
degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctorate in gerontology. Post-doctoral research programs also are offered. Available educational programs also are through distance learning programs. In nearly all cases, the more education received in the field, the greater the responsibilities, autonomy and pay.
Gerontological Society of America
1030 15th St. N.W., Suite 250
Washington, D.C. 20005
Association for Gerontology in Higher
1030 15th St., N.W., Suite 240
Washington, D.C. 20005-1503