Gerontology Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics has targeted the field of Gerontology as one of the highest occupational growth areas, anticipating a 35% overall increase in Gerontology-related jobs beginning in 2014. This growth rate is expected to continue for the next several decades, as meeting the needs/wants of older persons becomes a major, if not predominate emphasis in our country. While the demand will remain high in the healthcare industry, and is expected to expand to include positions related to prevention of age-related diseases, promotion of healthy habits, and self-management of chronic conditions, careers in Gerontology are no longer restricted to this industry. Rather, the workplaces and sample careers for persons with education in Gerontology includes: 

• Academia& Research                   • Adult Day Care        
• Advocacy Groups                         • Assisted Living Communities     
• Business, Management, & Marketing 
• Case Management                        • Community Organizations      
• Consumer Product Development (esp. digital & electronic)   
• Counseling                                     • Elder Law 
• Financial Services                         • Fitness & Wellness   
• Hospitals                                        • Religious Organizations 
• Housing & Interior Design (inc. new construction, adaptive remodeling to support aging in place, and planned communities)
• Government Agencies                 • Long Term Insurance Companies   
• Mental Health                               • Nursing Homes 
• Pharmaceutical Companies         
• Professional Volunteer Recruitment       
• Skilled Nursing Facilities 
• Transportation & Travel (inc. hospitality and leisure)

                                           Careers In Aging Week

Careers in Aging Week Careers in Aging Week (CIAW) is celebrated every April at colleges and universities across the country, including McDaniel College. This annual event is sponsored by The Gerontological Society of America and its educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. Visit the CIAW website for more information.

                               Resources to Find Careers in Aging 

There are many resources available online to assist with Gerontology career exploration and development. Some of these include:

American Society on Aging (ASA)Links to ASA’s job board to search positions by state. Also links to other ASA information, including conferences and gerontology resources.

Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE) Links to AGHE’s student site, also click on the careers in aging tab in the left margin that opens to provide articles on gerontology careers, funding information, calendars of events, and occasional job postings.

AgeWork Career Center- The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) career website. Provides job seekers a forum to post resume and search job listings.

Alzheimer’s Association Career Opportunities Current nationwide job openings with the Alzheimer’s Association. For more employment openings contact local chapters of the Alzheimer’s Association.

• American Geriatrics Society (AGS) Career Connection

AARP Career Opportunities:  AARP’s career site for job openings and internships in their various departments.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Information about job openings and student programs at CMS.

• Veteran’s Administration