What Can I Do with a Major in Gerontology?

Gerontology is the physical, mental, and sociological study of aging. It includes the study of changes in adults as they age, the ways that society changes with an aging population, and the ways we apply this information to programs and policies for older adults. A degree in gerontology prepares the student for careers working with older adults or as advocates for the elderly. Sample

Job Titles

(Please note: some of these careers may require further education.)

Business Manager
Case Worker
Case Aid Worker
Congressional Aide
Community Educator
Community Organizer/Action Director
Corporate Gerontologist
Crisis Counselor
Director, Non-Profit Agency
Discrimination Investigator
Geriatric Care Manager
Geriatric Social Worker

Government Advisor
Health Educator
Intake Counselor
Market Research Analyst
Mental Health Worker
Nursing Home Administrator
Nursing Home Events Coordinator
Public Policy Analyst
Policy Advocate
Peace Corps/Vista Political Aide
Program Planner

Recreational Assistant
Research Analyst/Consultant
Respite Care Coordinator
Retirement Advisor
Senior Activity Coordinator
Social Worker
Social Services Administrator
Social Welfare Examiner
Victim Services Specialist
Volunteer Coordinator

Related Major Skills

Communication skills
Verbal and written knowledge of diversity issues
Critical thinking skills
Ability to research
Ability to organize and synthesize material in new ways
Observational skills
Analytical skills
Advocacy skills
Knowledge of community resources
Knowledge of social structures and change
Understanding of corporate and government organizational structures
Ability to understand and improve human relationships
Planning and managing skills Problem solving skills
Conflict resolution skills